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Diagnosos of shingles in the eye

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Diagnosos of shingles in the eye
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. A.S. Desai replied 5 years ago.

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Shingles or herpes zoster ophthalmicus (HZO)infection of the eye can have varied presentations. Involvement of the cornea or deeper structures of the eye are the ones which need specific treatment in the form of anti-viral eye ointment( acyclovir). But irrespective of that in presence of skin lesions anti viral medicines should be started as early as possible for rapid healing and for prevention of post herpetic neuralgia(PHN). Tab.Acyclovir, 800mg, 1 tablet 5 times a day for 7 days is the usual course of the treatment. I suggest you consult an ophthalmologist for a closer look at the eye and to know extent of involvement of the eye and for start of oral medicines.

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