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There are certain medications, including antiviral and steroid preparations (that come in drops, ointments, pills, and sometimes injections) that are key in helping control the viral infection.
She has already tried all of the above. The shingles have not cleared up and she is losing the vision in her right eye. Is there anything else we can do?
Has she been on acyclovir pills yet?
Not that i know of.
This is likely something that she is going to need to be on long-term (ie for the next 12-18 months) to help control the viral reaction in her eye. This type of therapy, combined with steroid treatments is paramount to control the viral and subsequent immune response to the virus that is causing the cornea to be damaged.
Thank you. Is there any way to repair the damage to the cornea now that it is scratched?
If there is no significant scar tissue that has formed, then the cornea will likely repair itself. If there has been significant scarring from this process, then sometimes a laser can be used (PTK) to remove some scarring, but this can be tricky in Shingles virus infections. Ultimately if there is scarring that significantly affects the vision that is not able to be treated by laser, then a corneal transplant is necessary to restore vision through that cornea.
Thank you for your help. I think i have enough info to start with.
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I ran out of time to talk. That is going to have to be enough info for now , if i new more i will contact you later. thanks