Patient Information Sheet

Herpes Infection
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. 
  • Swollen eyelids. 
  • A red, painful eye. 
  • Crusting of the eyelids. 
  • Visual disturbances. 

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.

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