Eye Herpes or Ocular Herpes

Eye herpes is caused by the herpes simplex one virus. Ocular or eye herpes is a very common and reccuring viral infection in the eye.

The infection can cause inflammation and scarring on the cornea of your eye. This is called cold sore on the eye. It is caused by close contact with someone who has the herpes type 1 virus, or by infecting yourself by touching and open sore and then touching your eye.

There are over 50,000 new cases of cold sore eye every year. So if you have an open sore, leave it alone and make sure to wash your hands often.

Cold Sore Eye Symptoms

Symptoms to look for if you think you might have an ocular herpes issue or an inflamed cornea, severe eye pain and your vision might even become blurry.

Watch for tell tale signs:

  • Constant Tearingeye herpes or ocular herpes
  • Eye swelling
  • Eye redness
  • irritated eyes
  • your eyes become sensitive to light
  • swelling around the eye
  • eyes are constantly infected
  • watery discharge

What can I do to treat Eye Herpes?

Herpes eye has to treated on a case by case basis. Normally a doctor can prescribe eye drops, ointments or even antiviral pills.

If the infection is more severe an eye doctor may need to scrap away the infected cells and a patch may be needed to help the cornea heal.

Steroid drops are also used to help prevent inflammation and cornea scarring. But steroid drops have shown to effect the patients immune system and may cause the ocular herpes to recur.

For very bad cases, surgery may be needed. If the scarring is in the cornea and steroid drops do not work, a corneal transplant may be needed to restore a persons vision.

2 Responses to “Eye Herpes or Ocular Herpes”

  1. Shelly says:

    A lot of these signs you are giving I have almost every day. Is there some other signs I should know of?

    • Randi says:

      I know a lot of the eye issues look common, but if you suspect it might be from herpes, get it looked at right away.

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