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Cornea Scar Herpes
How to remove scarring from cornea from herpes zoster? Also, what type of vision correcting surgery can I do when I have herpes zoster (shingles)?
Few Options: Scars from Zoster can run deep, making removing them very difficult without damaging the rest of the cornea. Vision correcting surgery (LASIK, PRK, etc.) are not indicated nor useful for corneal scars. If the scar is not in the center of vision it is left alone; if it is severely affecting you, a corneal transplant may be the only option. ...Read more
There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more
Doc told there is a spot on cornea which will go away in 2 weeks. But I am scared as there is no improvement for 5 days now. Prescribed herpes ointment.
Can pregnancy cause herpes zoster ophthalmicus to come back in my cornea? I heard stress can cause it to come back.
It can: Pregnancy can depress your immune system and allow zoster to resurface. Look out for eye pain, redness, changes in vision, or rash / vesicles. That said, if you are otherwise healthy and without HIV/AIDS, cancer, or use of steroids, pregnancy alone should not elevate your risk of shingles much more than a normal host. ...Read more
What can be done about the appearance of my cornea after having herpes zoster ophthalmicus? One eye is brown & the other one has a milky blue splotch.
Ophthalmic herpes: I am not sure much can be done. The affected eye is scarred due to the infection. Have you seen the ophthalmologist? ...Read more
Will Herpes Zoster go away permanently if I get a cornea transplant? And can I have lasik done on the eye as well?
From deeper injuries: A scar can form on a cornea after a corneal ulcer or corneal erosion, because the injury goes deeper, beyond the surface layer of cells. A corneal abrasion injures just the top layer of cells, and usually heals in 1-2 days without a scar. For the deeper injuries, sometimes steroid eye drops are used later in the healing period to help decrease scar formation. ...Read more
Is it possible to have comfort while wearing contacts if I have a scar in my cornea? I was given contacts but the comfort only last about 5 hours.
Yes: Yes definitely. A contact lens acts in a way like a bandage and often feels more comfortable while on. Then when the lens is removed the eye is often more uncomfortable since the corneal surface is exposed. In this way a CL is a double edged sword as it may mask pain signifying damage to the cornea. Be sure to have eye care professional supervise your CL use. ...Read more
If any stain or scar is on corneal surface due to chemical injury, can it be removed? It is blue circular ring stain laid between, sclera and cornea.
My cornea is scarred and its in tremendous pain. Will this be permanent or is there a way to fix it?
Maybe: Depend on what has caused ur problem, therr are many treatments available. You need to see a cornea specialist. ...Read more
Consult...: You have to ask your Ophthalmologist about this. I would not wear them unless they tell you it is ok to do so after a full check up. ...Read more
If the scar in my cornea does not effect my vision, does that mean it is not serious and won't need a transplant?
Wound healing cornea: Severe damage to cornea tissues may result in scar formation. As there is no circulation within the cornea, wound healing is often outside the tissue with limited regenerative abilities. Often requires corneal transplant if extent of damage or scar accumulation is found. Abrasions can heal without scar tissue, but usually not full thickness damage. ...Read more
Open wounds (already been checked out) that used to be sores on my penis that won't heal for over a week. I haven't picked at them. I can tell they're goin to leave a scar. Are they herpes or something else? And how do I get them to heal quicker?
Depends: White scar-like lesions around the genitals & anus could represent any number of skin conditions... Molluscum contagiosum, condyloma latum (syphilis), and herpes are examples of some contagious conditions while other conditions (like lichen sclerosus) can be progressively disfiguring. It is important to have you partner checked out by a physician like a dermatologist to rule out concerning causes. ...Read more
Is there any contacts that will minimize a scar on ur cornea had a injury to my eye now it has healed with a scar
Contact: Contact lenses will not minimize scarring, because by definition, scars are not something that changes with time unless something else affects the eye. If a contact lens causes further irritation to the eye, the scar could get worse. A gas permeable contact lens may allow good vision even if there is a scar, because that type of lens 'floats' on the tear film over the cornea. ...Read more
I had Shingles (Herpes Zoster) 6 months ago but the scars are still there on my face. How can I get rid of the scars? Please help.
Improve, not remove.:
Scars cannot be removed but there is a large variety of techniques to improve their appearance, both surgical and non-surgical. Avoid sun exposure; it may take up to a year for the scars to fully mature. See a plastic surgeon to begin your search for an appropriate course of action.
Good luck! ...Read more
How often does keratitis cause scarring? I've heard that infections in your cornea leave scars. Is that always true, or is there a way to make sure it heals without scarring? .
Steroid eye drops can limit scaring in some situations. They should be used only after the infection is under control. A recent study showed no huge impact in the final visual performance when steroids were used or not used in the treatment of bacterial keratitis.
The final "scar" and its impact on vision is not realized until a person is 12-16 months out from and infection in my experience. The cornea has a remarkable ability to heal. Intense scars can clear some with time. Every case is different. The more central the scar, the greater its impact. ...Read more
Is there a contact that will minimize a scar on my cornea bad eye injury I have a white scar where it healed
Contact: Contact lenses do not permanently change the shape or structure of the eye since they merely float on the tear film of the cornea thus it is not possible to change or remove a corneal scar with them. A surgical procedure would be needed to do that. ...Read more
Before I became sexually active I've had pimple like bumps appear on my vagina that left scars. Diagnosed w/herpes but bumps don't have symptoms.
2 different things: Herpes hurts when you have an outbreak but scars left by pimples or herpes don't hurt. If you had a herpes culture at the time of an outbreak or have positive herpes antibodies, you have herpes. You can carry the herpes virus for years and never or only rarely have an outbreak. HSV-1 has fewer outbreaks than HSV-2 generally but both can cause either fever blisters or genital lesions. Hope this helps ...Read more
Blurred vision due to cornea infection. Treating with antiviral drops. What is the chance for the infection to leave scar for chronic blurred vision?
Depends: If this is your first infection you may not end up with scarring. Please continue to follow up with your eye md and take the medication as prescribed. Sometimes, despite the best treatment, you can end up with scarring that affects vision. Every time there is a recurrence the chance for scarring increases. ...Read more
What possibilty of transmitting herpes type 2 on finger from fingering? My bf do this and I am scarred. He uses contact lens so he touches his eyes : (
Which doctor should I go to for contacts when I have a scar in my cornea? Cornea Specialist, Optometrist, or Ophthalmologist?
Depends: Cornea specialists are ophthalmologists, but not all ophthalmologists fit contact lenses. If you have a question about scar or its treatment, see an ophthalmologist. If you just want contacts, you can see ophthalmologists or optometrists for contact lens fitting. ...Read more
I have scar in the middle of my left cornea and I have lost almost 75% of my vision of left eye, as per my doctor it can be treated, please advise?
I had a bump on my thigh with black in it. It left a black/red scar. Sometimes have an itchy butthole and a single red dot on penis. Do I have herpes?
Get checked: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. ...Read more
Hi. I'm really scared. My ears has been swollen for days with cold scars on my ear. My lmyp nodes were also swollen. Was is it herpes? (Never had sex).
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