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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)?

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

Herpes (Definition)

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


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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.

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.

Cornea: This requires careful follow-up by an ophthalmologist and if progress isn't being made, I believe in consulting a cornea specialist at least for a second opinion. Corneal damage can lead to glaucoma as well as visual difficulties. ...Read more

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Can pregnancy cause herpes zoster ophthalmicus to come back in my cornea? I heard stress can cause it to come back.

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

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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.

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

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Will Herpes Zoster go away permanently if I get a cornea transplant? And can I have lasik done on the eye as well?

Will Herpes Zoster go away permanently if I get a cornea transplant? And can I have lasik done on the eye as well?

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 note means of protecting against it, typically valacyclovir. ...Read more

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How do scars develop on corneas?

How do scars develop on corneas?

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

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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.

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

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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

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Can I still wear soft contacts if I have a scar on my cornea?

Can I still wear soft contacts if I have a scar on my cornea?

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

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If the scar in my cornea does not effect my vision, does that mean it is not serious and won't need a transplant?

If the scar in my cornea does not effect my vision, does that mean it is not serious and won't need a transplant?

Most likely: Corneal scars are only a problem if they are centrally located or the site of chronic inflammation. Quiescent corneal scars out of the visual line, can almost always be ignored and need no treatment. ...Read more

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How do scars develop on corneas, is there any prevention or scar removal medicine?

How do scars develop on corneas, is there any prevention or scar removal medicine?

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

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Could the white cluster if acne like scars around my partners anus be herpes?  

Could the white cluster if acne like scars around my partners anus be herpes?  

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

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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

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

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I have heard, is it true that lubricated tear drops heal the irregular, scarred and swollen corneas? Will it also cure the conjunctiva membrane?

Depends!: Lubricating drops help to smooth the surface of the cornea, but there is only so much they can do.

Conjunctival membranes are from a variety of sources! And they are neither common, nor regular!

you best follow the advice of your ophthalmologist (not optometrist). ...Read more

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Does Photo-Therapeutic Keratectomy surgery fully remove scars from the cornea? Will my cornea look normal again after surgery?

PTK is successful: PTK is a laser treatment to remove scars on the surface of the cornea....It has been very successful but has limitations...Keep us posted. Dr.Sibley ...Read more

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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.

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

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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? .

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: 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

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Is there a contact that will minimize a scar on my cornea bad eye injury I have a white scar where it healed

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

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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.

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

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Blurred vision due to cornea infection. Treating with antiviral drops. What is the chance for the infection to leave scar for chronic blurred vision?

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

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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 : (

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 : (

Herpes: Herpes is transmissible when there is contact with active, erupted lesions. If you did have active vesicular eruptions (you should be on anti-vitals) then he will have a high likely hood of contraction. ...Read more

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Which doctor should I go to for contacts when I have a scar in my cornea? Cornea Specialist, Optometrist, or Ophthalmologist?

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

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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 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?

Probably: Depending on the reason for the scar and its exact location, corneal surgery or even a corneal transplant can often be done. You need to try to find a good corneal surgeon and go for a consult ...Read more

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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?

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

Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

Scar = fibrous tissue that forms ...Read more