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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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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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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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What s shingles its cause by a particular food eaten.What do I run away from.What drugs doct?

What s shingles its cause by a particular food eaten.What do I run away from.What drugs doct?

Shingles: Shingles is reactivation of the varicella virus. You can only get it if you had chicken pox in the past. ...Read more

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What is the cause of shingles?

What is the cause of shingles?

Zoster reactivation: Shingles (herpes zoster) is caused by reactivation of varicella zoster, the chickenpox virus, which lives in your nerve cells. It's painful, but if you have a healthy immune system it will get better on its own, and faster if you take anti-herpes drugs quickly. The main complication is post-herpetic neuralgia, chronic pain in the area of the lesions, which is more likely to occur in older people. ...Read more

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What causes shingles outbreaks?

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

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


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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