A 21-year-old member asked:
why do shingles cause changes in vision?
3 doctor answers • 10 doctors weighed in
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Shouldn't: Unless it is in the eye or the area around the eye is swollen!
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
HZO: Shingles can involve the first division of the trigeminal nerve (sensory nerve supply to your face, including your eyes) in which case it is called herpes zoster ophthalmicus.
If you have shingles on the tip of nose (hutchinson's sign), upper eyelid, or forehead, you should seek immediate medical attention. Yes it can cause loss of vision.
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Location: Shingles, an infection with the chickenpox virus (herpes zoster), can affect the upper face and forehead above the eye (v1) or the mid face (v2). All other shingles infections do not affect the eyes. V1 can cause shedding of cells irritating the eye, or directly attack the front of the eye and its interior which is an emergency needing immediate treatment. V2 can cause irritation but no eye dang.
Last updated Oct 3, 2016
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