Galveston and Houston Ophthalmologists at The Eye Clinic of Texas offered guidance on Herpes Simplex Eye Infections. “Herpes Simplex eye infections affect many more people each year than one might think. Ocular Herpes or Herpes of the eye is caused by the Herpes Simplex virus and is the most common causes of corneal blindness in the United States today. Up to 50% of people who have a single Herpes Simplex viral infection of the eye will experience a flare up or recurrence. The virus often leads to irreversible scarring of the cornea,” remarked Allan Fradkin, M.D.
Ocular Herpes may start as a painful sore on the eyelid or surface of the eye. If left untreated it may multiply and begin to destroy epithelial cells and progress deeper into the cornea and cause a stromal keratitis which can cause cause corneal scarring-so prompt diagnosis and treatment of Ocular Herpes is important.
It is estimated that 400,000 people in the United States have had some type of Ocular Herpes, with more than 50,000 initial and recurring cases being diagnosed each year. Of these, it is believed that 25% are the more severe form of Herpes Stromal Keratitis. The recurrence of Herpes Simplex eye infections is significant in that it appears to recur in about 10% of patients within one year, 23% of patients within two years and 63% of patients within 20 years of their initial infection. Sometimes a recurrence can be prompted by sunlight, stress, fevers or an unrelated eye injury. Quick diagnosis and treatment is the key to avoiding corneal scarring, vision loss and the possible need for a corneal transplant.
If you or someone you know is experiencing any signs or symptoms of corneal infection-especially if they have had any trauma to their eyes please call The Eye Clinic of Texas at 800-423-3937 to schedule an appointment for an examination, visit The Eye Clinic of Texas or facebook.com/ecot.lasik.
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