Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

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Shingles is a blistering rash caused by the herpes Varicella-Zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. When shingles occur in the head and neck area, there is an increased likelihood that the virus may infect the cornea. Shingles can occur in anyone exposed to the Varicella-Zoster virus, but is more likely to occur in people over 80 years of age and those with a weakened immune system.

Signs and Symptoms

Corneal inflammation, corneal scarring and possible permanent decreased corneal sensitivity in more severe cases


Oral antiviral treatment