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I have scarring on the cornea of my eye from a case of shingles. Is it permanent damage?

I have scarring on the cornea of my eye from a case of shingles. Is it permanent damage?

In some cases: Scarring of the cornea is a problem, and requires evaluation and management by an ophthalmic surgeon. In extreme cases, corneal transplants are recommended to improve visual distortion. ...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


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I have scarring on the cornea of my eye from a case of shingles I had last year. Any cure for it?

I have scarring on the cornea of my eye from a case of shingles I had last year.  Any cure for it?

Probably: The cornea is notoriously poor at getting rid of scar tissue. The scarring creates opacities that disturb the vision, sometimes to a significant degree. If superficial, it can sometimes be modified by a laser treatment but most are deep enough that a corneal transplantation is the better option. Check in with your corneal specialist to have this sorted out. ...Read more

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How do I prevent HZO (Shingles) in the eye from happening again? I was a contact wearer and I already had corneal scars so idk if that was the problem

How do I prevent HZO (Shingles) in the eye from happening again? I was a contact wearer and I already had corneal scars so idk if that was the problem

Shingrix: A second episode of h. zoster is rare but not impossible. You had it at an unusually young age, so another episode is a greater than usual risk. The new vaccine is far superior to the old one. SHRINGRIX is administered as 2 shots a few months apart. ...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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I have cornea ulcer in my eye caused by pseudonomas. It left a scar on my cornea and i will have permanent blurred vision. What can I do to restore it?

I have cornea ulcer in my eye caused by pseudonomas. It left a scar on my cornea and i will have permanent blurred vision. What can I do to restore it?

Several options: I assume the infection was only on the surface so the interior of the eye is normal. Corneal scars can be dealt with in several ways. If the scarring is very superficial, a laser procedure called prk can remove this leaving the rest of the layers clear. If the scar is deeper, then a corneal transplantation can be done, removing the scar and putting on a donor. Discuss with a corneal specialist. ...Read more

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Can I have my brows and lips micro-bladed (non permanent makeup) if I had HZO(Shingles) in one eye but has since recovered. ?

Bad idea: With or without shingles, what you are proposing is not a good idea.
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
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After chalazion surgery, will the eye go back to the way it was, or will there be a permanent scar left behind?

After chalazion surgery, will the eye go back to the way it was, or will there be a permanent scar left behind?

Surgery leaves scar: Usually it is an "invisible" scar in the inner side of the lid which is not visible in normal condition. ...Read more

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I had an abscess under my eye drained 4 weeks ago which was a result of periorbital cellulitis. A doctor 2 weeks ago said the infection was gone, but I still have a hard red lump which they said was scar tissue. Will this go down, or is it permanent?

I had an abscess under my eye drained 4 weeks ago which was a result of periorbital cellulitis. A doctor 2 weeks ago said the infection was gone, but I still have a hard red lump which they said was scar tissue. Will this go down, or is it permanent?

Use warm compresses : I would recommend to use warm compresses on the lump three times a day for a week. If it did not go away or started to increase in size or have a white or yellow head you need to have it reevaluated. It might be still a collection and might need to be opened again. ...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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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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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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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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19 years old with a cornea scar on my left eye, they offered surgery at age 4 but parents refused. I'm almost blind now, can they do the surgery now?

19 years old with a cornea scar on my left eye, they offered surgery at age 4 but parents refused. I'm almost blind now, can they do the surgery now?

Hi Marie, we: answered your question previously. Your best option is to see an ophthalmologist who can evaluate what to do with your amblyopic eye (the one that has a corneal scar) & to insure your 'good eye' rendering you monovision for now is always protected & has good vision.It's difficult when you're faced with having to determine what to do now with your eyes. Your eye doc will give you the best options. ...Read more

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My 7 yrs old daughter has a scarred right cornea from infection. Local doctors not suggest for cornea transplant. Right eye vision 20/60-100. Left eye is 20/20-25. What are the best option ?

My  7 yrs old daughter has a scarred right cornea from infection. Local doctors not suggest for cornea transplant.  Right eye vision 20/60-100. Left eye is 20/20-25. What are the best option ?

Second opinion: I suggest if you are still unsure you obtain a second opinion from a corneal specialist at a large academic institution. There are many available in georgia. Without know complete history of the infection, type of scarring, etc it is difficult to say for sure. The local docs may be right. The specialists may agree, but they would have the latest up-to-date answers for you, to put your mind at rest. ...Read more

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My son 1 year old scratched in my eye 6 months before and I am having a scar in cornea epithelium with blured vision and I have pain sometimes early in morning with eye swelling.doctor advised lubricating drops.will this cure?

My son 1 year old scratched in my eye 6 months before and I am having a scar in cornea epithelium with blured vision and I have pain sometimes early in morning with eye swelling.doctor advised lubricating drops.will this cure?

Rec. Epith. Erosions: Recurrent epithelial erosions occur when the basement membrane of the corneal epithelium heals irregularly following a corneal abrasion. Nightly lubrication with bland or hypertonic saline ointment for 6 months or more is curative, but with even one recurrence the clock goes back to day zero. A cornea specialist can attempt stromal puncturing. Good luck to you and the baby. ...Read more

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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

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Pink eye in the same one eye (had shingles in this eye this year) again! five or so times in about 9months. Why?

Pink eye in the same one eye (had shingles in this eye this year) again! five or so times in about 9months. Why?

Need eye doc or ER: These symptoms are consistent with an inflammation in the front of the eye called "iritis, " from zoster. Untreated iritis can lead to vision loss and blindness. You need to see an eye doctor as soon as possible to detect and possibly treat this. Less likely causes include an acute glaucoma (sudden high pressure in the eye) that can also lead to visual loss. ...Read more

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Shingles on face and went to get eye checked, man before had bust eye with blood went in after him put face on eye thing seen blood on it am I at risk?

Shingles on face and went to get eye checked, man before had bust eye with blood went in after him put face on eye thing seen blood on it am I at risk?

Not likely: You are probably not at risk unless you had an open wound where you placed your face. If this happens to you again please insist that the office staff or physician clean any area before you are placing your face on it if you see blood or any other substances. ...Read more

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Shingles on eye keep getting it Have had it twice this year 3 times last year why?

Unlikely: It is unlikely for Shingles to recur that frequently. I would investigate an alternative explanation or consider evaluation for immune deficiency if the recurrent nature of Shingles is confirmed ...Read more

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What can I do for pain from shingles in the eye?

Pain rx, antivirals: Antivirals can help diminish pain if used early in the acute phase (with the rash) but are not useful later. If the pain persists strongly after the rash is gone, pain specialists may be needed. ...Read more

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How do you treat swollen eye caused by shingles?

How do you treat swollen eye caused by shingles?

Seek help if needed: If the swelling bothers you or is severe enough, seek medical attention. ...Read more

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How can you treat swollen eye caused by shingles?

How can you treat swollen eye caused by shingles?

Treat shingles: The swollen eyelids are a result of the shingles, which should be treated with oral antiviral medications. If the eyelids are involved, you should be evaluated by an eye md for possible eyeball involvement as well. ...Read more

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Is Predforte eye drops usually used to treat Shingles (herpes zoster) in the eye?

Is Predforte eye drops usually used to treat Shingles (herpes zoster) in the eye?

Yes but:: The standard approach to herpes zoster ophthalmicus includes oral antiviral therapy (acyclovir, valacyclovir, or famciclovir) to limit VZV replication, and the use adjunctive topical steroid drops to reduce the inflammatory response and control immune-associated keratitis and iritis ...Read more

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Can I still get lasik on one eye if I have had HZO (Shingles) outbreak on the other?

Can I still get lasik on one eye if I have had HZO (Shingles) outbreak on the other?

Possibly: if your h.zoster is inactive and there has been no damage to your eye, you might be ok for lasik. would still ask your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Does Eye pain and Pinkness in corner of eye occur before shingles rash appears, or would you see a rash first?

Does Eye pain and Pinkness in corner of eye occur before shingles rash appears, or would you see a rash first?

Ophthalmology: Studies show that ocular pain is a definite indication for a full history, physical, and visit with an eye specialist ASAP. The differential diagnosis can include glaucoma, which is an increase in the pressure in your eye that can threaten your vision, infections, trauma, corneal abrasion, subconjunctival hemorrhage, zoster related pain, dry eyes, episcleritis & others. Please see Ophthalmology ...Read more

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more