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I have scarring on the cornea of my eye from a case of shingles is it permanent damage

A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Mostly: When shingles is aggressive and affects the deeper layers of the cornea, it heals by scarring and this is usually persistent. The cornea, with no vas... Read More
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Seek expert care: Once the scar has formed it is difficult to treat. Minimizing scar formation may be attempted with optimal wound care and possibly steroids but should... Read More
Dr. Robert Alexander
Plastic Surgery 27 years experience
In some cases: Scarring of the cornea is a problem, and requires evaluation and management by an ophthalmic surgeon. In extreme cases, corneal transplants are recom... Read More

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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Possibly: The cornea is notoriously poor at getting rid of scar tissue. The scarring creates opacities that disturb the vision, sometimes to a significant degr... Read More
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Probably: The cornea is notoriously poor at getting rid of scar tissue. The scarring creates opacities that disturb the vision, sometimes to a significant degr... Read More
A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carmen Kavali
Plastic Surgery 25 years experience
Whom to see : See an ophthalmologist for your eyes and an infectious disease specialist for the recurrent shingles. Best wishes.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Shingrix: A second episode of h. zoster is rare but not impossible. You had it at an unusually young age, so another episode is a greater than usual risk. The n... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Wrong question: H. Zoster heals in 3 to 5 weeks. Perhaps your question is about possible risk of Zoster due to a procedure. Ask the Dr who does the procedure. Also no... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Several options: I assume the infection was only on the surface so the interior of the eye is normal. Corneal scars can be dealt with in several ways. If the scarrin... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Bad idea: With or without shingles, what you are proposing is not a good idea. Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grain... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Carey
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Usually no scar: Usually no scar after chalazion surgery but the final result can sometimes take a few months to heal. Sometimes the healing process can take even lon... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ghada Orkubi
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Use warm compresses : I would recommend to use warm compresses on the lump three times a day for a week. If it did not go away or started to increase in size or have a whit... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Rhoades
Family Medicine 48 years experience
Recheck: If you are still having symptoms, it would be best to contact the treating DR and report the continued problems.

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