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Dr. Kumar, Is it possible for an opthalmologist to look at

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Dr. Kumar,
Is it possible for an opthalmologist to look at my son's eye and determine that the cause is herpes?
Or are additional tests really appropriate?
Firstly an ophthalmologist determine the site of Uveitis.
As herpes usually causes unilateral anterior uveitis, accompanied by high intraocular pressure.
Symptoms manifest with blurry vision, photophobia, pain, and redness.
On slit-lamp examination,doctor can detect the herpetic cause by findings like
-presence of patchy iris transillumination defects
-Atrophy of the iris pigment epithelium
-Presence of a dilated pupil in the absence of dilating drops.
-Cornea shows large, central, greasy KPs.
But the gold standard is the isolation of the virus or viral antigens in intraocular liquid as aqueous humor.
Confirmation of intraocular viral infection relies on PCR.
The sensitivity of PCR to detect viral DNA can reach 80% to 96%, and it requires a small quantity of intraocular fluid.
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