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The Facts About Eye Herpes

Author Zizzur Staff. Published on July 7, 2011 - 12:56 am (17272 views — 345 words)

A viral infection in the eye is called "eye herpes". "Ocular herpes" is basically the medical term for herpes in the eye. Eye's cornea is commonly affected by the herpes virus. Generally, there are types of eye herpes.

•Iridocyclitis. A kind of severe viral disease of the eye caused by herpes virus, gives the patient a blurred vision, redness, light sensitivity, and pain. The frontal portion of the eye is the part affected in iridocyclitis.
•Herpes keratitis. The eye's top layer and epithelium generally affected in this infection, and it timely heals without forming a scar.
•Stromal keratitis. This occurs in deep layers of cornea. This could lead to scarring, blurring of vision, or loss of sight.

Causes of Eye Herpes
The major causative agent for eye herpes is the herpes simplex virus type 1. The portal of entry and exit of the virus is the orifices of the mouth and nose. The virus can be dormant in these spots, but may reactivate in the nerve endings anytime soon. Among the assumed disease progression causes are subtype virus, damage from the previous infection, as well as weak immune system.

Symptoms of Eye Herpes
The following are the common indications if the person is already infected with eye herpes.
•Blurred eyesight
•Irritation
•Eyes have watery infectious discharges
•Eye sores
•Eye inflammation
•Periodic eye infections
•Foreign body sensation
•Pink eye herpes
•Light sensitivity

Treatment of Eye Herpes
It is always necessary to ask for an advice from a medical practitioner for treatment of herpes in the eyes. The eye herpes is usually treated with topical ointments or antiviral eye drops. In severe cases, steroids are prescribed to treat inflammation. The doctor might as well treat the eye herpes manually by removing the affected cells of the eyes with used of a cotton swab. The effectiveness of the eye drops and eye ointments vary from the symptoms manifested by the individuals. If the eye infection is left untreated, severe corneal scarring possibly will result. In a few severe cases, corneal transplant is necessary to bring back normal vision.