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Thank you for the excellent history.
I have been sitting here thinking of some reason why your GP would say the things you indicated he said and the only thing I can come up with is because he is wrong. Time to get a new GP.
I have had a number of patients with recurrent/persistent HSV corneal stromal disease and keratitis who have taken antiviral meds PO for over a year.
As you know when there is reactivation of the epithelial disease there is usually live virus present, when there is keratitis it usually your body's reaction to the antigens left behind and possibly your own tissue that causes the problem. The epithelial disease should not be treated with steroid drops and the stromal disease should -- a difficult balancing act to be sure.
It sounds like you are in good hands with the ophthalmologists who are treating you. I wouldn't do anything different in my office.
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