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What is Herpes on the Eye?

Description of the disease

Herpes on the eye is a viral disease caused by the herpes virus. It can affect various parts of the eye, including the cornea, iris, retina, and optic nerve.


  • Herpetic keratitis (corneal involvement)
  • Herpetic uveitis (involvement of the vascular layer of the eye)
  • Herpetic retinitis (involvement of the retina)


  • Red and inflamed eye
  • Pain and itching in the eye area
  • Feeling of pressure inside the eye
  • Blurry vision


Herpes on the eye is caused by the herpes virus, which can be transmitted through contact with an infected person or through household items.


The diagnosis of herpes on the eye includes an examination by an eye doctor, as well as laboratory tests.


Treatment of herpes on the eye may include the use of antiviral ointments or drops, and in cases of severe involvement, the use of systemic antiviral drugs.


Prevention of herpes on the eye includes avoiding contact with infected individuals, practicing good hygiene, using personal hygiene items, and strengthening the immune system.


If herpes on the eye is suspected, it is important to consult an ophthalmologist.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.