Herpes Eye Disease

Herpes Simplex and Your Eyes: Navigating Herpetic Eye Infections

Exploring the Impact of Herpes Simplex on Ocular Health 

  1. Herpes Simplex and the Eyes:
  • Viral Infection: Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) can affect various parts of the eye, leading to different types of herpetic eye infections. 
  • Common Strains: HSV-1 typically causes oral herpes but can also lead to ocular infections. 
  1. Types of Herpetic Eye Infections:
  • Herpes Simplex Keratitis (HSK): Infection of the cornea, leading to inflammation and potential scarring. 
  • Herpes Simplex Uveitis: Inflammation of the uvea, the middle layer of the eye. 
  • Herpes Simplex Retinitis: Infection of the retina, a critical layer responsible for vision. 
  1. Diagnosis and Treatment:
  • Clinical Evaluation: Diagnosis involves a thorough clinical examination by an eye care professional. 
  • Laboratory Tests: Laboratory tests, including viral cultures, may be conducted for confirmation. 
  • Antiviral Medications: Treatment typically involves antiviral medications, such as acyclovir or valacyclovir. 
  • Topical Steroids: In some cases, topical steroids may be prescribed to reduce inflammation. 
  1. When to See a Doctor:
  • Eye Pain or Discomfort: Persistent eye pain or discomfort requires prompt attention. 
  • Visual Changes: Any sudden changes in vision, including blurriness or vision loss. 
  • Recurrent Symptoms: Individuals with a history of oral herpes experiencing recurrent eye symptoms. 
  1. Preventive Measures:
  • Hygiene Practices: Practicing good hygiene, including handwashing, can prevent the spread of the virus. 
  • Avoiding Eye Contact: Avoid touching the eyes during a herpes outbreak to prevent ocular infection. 
  • Regular Eye Exams: Regular eye exams with Dr. Washington at Peachtree Ophthalmology can help detect early signs of herpetic eye infections. 
Peachtree Ophthalmology- Eye Doctor Near Me in Norcross GA

Herpes Simplex’s impact on the eyes requires careful monitoring and professional intervention. Peachtree Ophthalmology is committed to providing comprehensive care for herpetic eye infections. Schedule to make your appointment today. 

How To Contact Us

Our eye clinic is ideally located close to the intersection of Holcomb Bridge Rd and Spalding Dr. Serving Norcross GA, Duluth, Sandy Springs, Roswell & Johns Creek.


4045 Wetherburn Way, Ste 1
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092

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Mon - Fri: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sat & Sun: Closed

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