What is viral keratitis?

In this post, Dr Judy Ku introduces what viral keratitis is and its different causes.

What is herpetic eye disease?

It’s separated out into two different types. One is called herpes simplex keratitis and that’s associated with the cold sore virus. Patients often have a history of cold sores around their lips and when their immune system is compromised, and it can also appear in the eye.

Herpetic eye disease symptoms

Patients can also have a loss of vision, irritation and wateriness. The window of the eye needs to remain clear for you to be able to see. However, if you get an infection such as herpes simplex keratitis, it often presents itself with little white dots or ulcers, which can result in you losing sight.

Shingles eye symptoms

On the other hand, shingles can cause ulcers in the eye. Patients with shingles often have a history of recent shingles and they have a rash around their face. Typically, the forehead and around the cheek region, sometimes on the nose. A few weeks later, they can develop some irritation and loss of vision and inflammation in the eye.

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