Shingles and Your Eyes

Shingles and Your Eyes: Understanding Causes, Treatment, and When to Seek Help

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Navigating Shingles-Related Eye Complications 

  1. Shingles and Eye Involvement:
  • Viral Reactivation: Shingles, caused by the Varicella-Zoster virus, can lead to eye complications when it affects the ophthalmic division of the trigeminal nerve. 
  • Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus (HZO): This form of shingles involves the eye and surrounding areas. 
  1. Causes and Symptoms:
  • Pain and Rash: Shingles is characterized by severe pain and a rash that typically appears on one side of the face. 
  • Eye Symptoms: HZO may lead to symptoms such as redness, swelling, and in severe cases, vision loss. 
  • Corneal Involvement: The cornea may be affected, leading to keratitis and potential scarring. 
  1. Diagnosis and Treatment:
  • Clinical Examination: Diagnosis involves a thorough clinical examination, often requiring an eye care specialist. 
  • Antiviral Medications: Prompt initiation of antiviral medications, such as acyclovir or valacyclovir, is crucial for managing shingles and preventing complications. 
  • Pain Management: Pain relief measures, including analgesics and anti-inflammatory medications, may be recommended. 
  1. When to See a Doctor:
  • Eye Symptoms: If you experience redness, swelling, pain, or changes in vision during a shingles outbreak. 
  • Immediate Attention: Seek immediate medical attention if there is severe eye pain, vision loss, or if the eye appears significantly affected. 
  1. Preventive Measures:
  • Vaccination: Consideration of the shingles vaccine, especially for individuals aged 50 and older. 
  • Prompt Treatment: Early treatment of shingles outbreaks can reduce the risk of eye complications. 

Peachtree Ophthalmology eye clinic, located in Norcross near Peachtree Corners,  emphasizes the importance of timely intervention for shingles-related eye complications. Dr. Washington provides expert care to manage symptoms and prevent long-term visual impact. Schedule an appointment today for an eye exam. 


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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Office Hours

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

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