Ocular herpes (ophthalmic herpes)

Ocular herpes is called in medical terms: ophthalmic herpes. It is simply a herpes in the eye.

It depends on where exactly herpes is. If the eye itself is affected, there are significant risks of complications. This is less serious if the area around the eye or only the eyelids are affected.

The Viridae herpes family includes (among others) the herpes zoster, chickenpox, CMV, Epstein-Barr and herpes simplex viruses. This exists in two forms:

  • HSV1 for herpes of the oral region;
  • HSV2 for herpes for the genital area.

Be careful, even if they are two different varieties of the same virus, there may be oral contamination and vice versa.

Ocular herpes is mainly due to HSV1 (from the mouth) and very exceptionally to HSV2.

Note: during a delivery, the baby may be contaminated, if the mother has genital herpes at this time. There may be fetal-maternal contamination.

This disease should not be neglected at the risk of rapidly suffering a loss of sight on the affected eye. More than 50, 000 people would be affected by ophthalmic herpes, every year in France

Read this article on ocular herpes written with an ophthalmologist.

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Read also :

> Cold sores: causes and treatments of the "cold sore"
> Genital herpes: all you need to know
> Sore eyes: what lies behind the pains?
> Red eyes: causes for treatment
> All about different eye diseases

Author: Ladane Azernour Bonnefoy
Expert Consultant: Dr. Hadia El Gharbi Scharfmann, ophthalmologist at the Rothschild Ophthalmological Foundation, Paris.

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