Herpes zoster ophthalmicus

Alessandro Meduri, Pier Luigi Grenga, Stephen C Kaufman

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Abstract

Varicella (chickenpox) is a common disease of childhood. When the Varicella zoster virus becomes reactived later in life, the disorder is termed herpes zoster. The lifetime risk of contracting a herpes zoster infection is 10–20% and can result in a multitude of local and systemic complications. When the eye is involved, the infection and sequelae may result in chronic pain, scaring, blindness and loss of the eye. We discuss the diagnosis and treatment of herpes zoster ophthalmicus and its complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)537-545
Number of pages9
JournalExpert Review of Ophthalmology
Volume4
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2009

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Keywords

  • herpes
  • herpes zoster
  • herpes zoster ophthalmicus
  • keratitis
  • neurotrophic cornea
  • post-zoster neuralgia

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