Ocular Herpes

About Ocular Herpes

This condition is caused by recurrent viral infections from the herpes simplex virus. It is the most common infectious cause of corneal blindness in the U.S. It causes a painful sore on the eyelid or surface of the eye and inflammation of the cornea. And this condition can be quite repetitive, as there is a 50 percent chance of having a recurrence. The next flare-up could come weeks or even years after the last occurrence. Some factors believed to be associated with recurrence include fever, stress, sunlight, and eye injury.

In some cases, the infection spreads and becomes a more severe infection called stromal keratitis. This causes the body's immune system to attack and destroy cells in the part of the eye called the stroma. Stromal keratitis is more difficult to treat than other ocular herpes infections. Repeated episodes of stromal keratitis can cause scarring of the cornea, which in turn can lead to loss of vision and even blindness.

Treatments We Offer

Prompt treatment with anti-viral medications can help stop the herpes virus from multiplying and destroying cells in the cornea.

Why Choose Columbia?

Prompt and accurate treatment of viral infections in the eye is critical to maintaining good vision. Columbia ophthalmologists have years of experience, training, and state-of-the-art facilities to make sure you do not suffer any moment longer than you are