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A 36-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how much time after herpes infection to the eyes does the first outbreak occur?

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Dr. Dean Dornic
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Herpes eye infection: There are two main families of herpes viruses: herpes simplex and herpes zoster. Herpes zoster is the virus that causes chicken pox and shingles. Herpes simplex can be divided into two types: one that is sexually transmitted and causes genital herpes and one that causes cold sores/fever blisters. All can infect the eye and cause vision loss. Find out from your doctor which you have.
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When after herpes infection to the eyes does the first outbreak occur?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
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Herpes recurrence: Is variable. It can occur days to years later, or in some cases, never.
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Last updated Dec 26, 2013

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