You have been diagnosed as having
an eye infection caused by a herpes virus. These viruses are normally
responsible for a wide range of conditions, including chickenpox, cold
sores and shingles.
Symptoms can include some or all of the following
on the side of the affected eye:
Head and facial pain.
A rash and ulcers.
A red, painful eye.
Crusting of the eyelids.
As this condition lasts 2-3 weeks, the eye
usually responds very well to treatment. Eye drops and creams, and,
very occasionally, tablets may be given to help your eye to heal.
On rare occasions, a herpes infection can
take several months to clear up, but this is not common.
It is important to continue all treatment
and to attend the hospital, as instructed, until the eye doctor is happy
that your eye is healing.