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Why Do Shingles Cause Changes In Vision
Location: Shingles, an infection with the chickenpox virus (herpes zoster), can affect the upper face and forehead above the eye (v1) or the mid face (v2). All other shingles infections do not affect the eyes. V1 can cause shedding of cells irritating the eye, or directly attack the front of the eye and its interior which is an emergency needing immediate treatment. V2 can cause irritation but no eye dang. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My vision is blurry due to a white mass on the iris part of my right eye. I had shingles not too long ago. Could shingles have caused this?
Pterygium?: There are many potential etiologies. However, a pterygium fits your description and is fairly common. You can try artificial tears to see if it helps with your vision. Surgical excision is the only way to remove the pterygium. Shingles in the eye can cause scarring on the surface of the eye, but would typically be hard to see in the mirror. You should see an eye MD for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
Third outbreak of eye shingles. I have retinitius pigmentosa and was told I have vision loss in both eye after on being diagnosed last year with it. Is this progressing fast?
Unusual: Very unlikely to get shingles 3 times. Consult ophthalmologist. Was it really shingles? Did it involve the tip of your nose? The cornea shares a sensory nerve with the tip of the nose. This is a marker for possible damage to the cornea by shingles. Retinitis pigmentosa is a separate issue. The older you are at onset the more likely you may experience rapid progression. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What do you suggest if my vision is blurry due to a white mass on the iris part of my right eye. I had shingles not too long ago.?
The main concern: Is that it could develop into post herpetic neuralgia. A very chronic and painful process that develops where the rash formed. The rash can also become infected. There are medications to not only reduce the viral impact of shingles but things to help treat or prevent the neuralgia. Typically the vaccine is not given until age 60, but seek help from your doctor today. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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