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A 62-year-old female asked:

What is herpes simplex of the eye, ? how do you get it, how can you cure it ? can it cause mucas in the throat and coughing?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
It is: An infection with this virus in the eye. It gets into your eye by touching a cold sore and then touching your eye. It causes only eye symptoms; no coughing or congestion.
Dr. Larry Stewart
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 40 years experience
Very Serious!: Herpes simplex is the virus that causes oral "fever blisters". It is highly contagious and can be transmitted to the eye or other mucosal surfaces ( ie vagina) with contact. If you think, or have been told you have it in the eye , this is an ophthalmologic emergency and you should see an ophthalmologist immediately as it can cause permanent scarring and blindness. Go see the doctor today!

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