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Why do shingles cause changes in vision?

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 more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Vision (Definition)

Vision is a feature of a person's brain that allows him to see. He must have normal eyes, optic nerves (that stretch from the eyes to the back of his brain), and visual cortex (the vision center in the brain), in order to see properly. An ophthalmologist is a ...Read more


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Could shingles cause swelling on one side of face and temporary loss of vision without a rash?

Yes: This is caused a "prodromal effect" where the symptoms occur before the rash. Please go see your eye doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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 more

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Shingles continuing to cause BP spikes?

Shingles continuing to cause BP spikes?

Could be the Pain: You should see your doctor about increases in blood pressure. Make sure your pain is controlled. This could be leading to increase in bp. ...Read more

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If shingles is left untreated, what could it cause?

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 more

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Could shingles cause cloudy memory?

Could shingles cause cloudy memory?

Unlikely, but: If you had direct brain infection from herpes zoster, could cause severe cognitive issues. More likely, the meds to treat shingles, can have side effects, and this may be best answer. ...Read more

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What causes shingles outbreaks?

Stress: Stress or other conditions that lowers your immune system can prompt reactivation of vzv, the causative agent for chickenpox; this manifests as shingles. ...Read more

Dr. Ryan Phasouk
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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

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


Shingles (Definition)

Clusters of vesicles ...Read more