Yes — it is, unfortunately, possible to get Herpes in the eye. This viral infection is called Herpes Keratitis, and it is caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV).
There are two types of HSV. Type I is the most common. It causes the cold sore or fever blister. Type II is the sexually transmitted form, and it infects the genitals.
Though both types can spread to the eye, Type I is the more frequent cause of eye infections. It can be transferred to the eye by touching an active lesion and then touching the eye.
Symptoms of Herpes in the Eye
Symptoms of Herpes Keratitis may include:
- blurry vision
- and light sensitivity
If the infection involves only the cornea’s outer layer (epithelium), it will usually heal without scarring. However, if it goes deeper into the cornea, the infection can lead to corneal scarring, vision loss, and even blindness.
How to Decrease Complications of Herpes in the Eye
Once you have Herpes you are susceptible to recurrences. You can decrease complications of Herpes Keratitis by:
- Don’t touch your eyes when you have a cold sore or blister.
- Avoid the use of steroid eye drops, unless paired with an anti-viral medicine.
- Refrain from wearing contact lenses if you’re prone to Herpes infections.
It’s best to see your Ophthalmologist promptly if the symptoms of Ocular Herpes return. To make an appointment with Atlantic Medical Eye Care in central New Jersey, click here and contact us.