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

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Dr. Robert Alexander
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Alexander
Dr. Robert Alexander
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Seek expert care

Once the scar has formed it is difficult to treat.
Minimizing scar formation may be attempted with optimal wound care and possibly steroids but should only be done under the supervision of an ophthalmologist.

In brief: Seek expert care

Once the scar has formed it is difficult to treat.
Minimizing scar formation may be attempted with optimal wound care and possibly steroids but should only be done under the supervision of an ophthalmologist.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Otto Placik
PS steroids are NOT used for shingles.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology

In brief: Mostly

When shingles is aggressive and affects the deeper layers of the cornea, it heals by scarring and this is usually persistent.
The cornea, with no vascular supply, generally cannot remove or resculpt itself. If the scarring is central or bad enough to affect the vision, you might need peripheral sculpting with a laser or even a corneal transplant. Get advice from a corneal specialist.

In brief: Mostly

When shingles is aggressive and affects the deeper layers of the cornea, it heals by scarring and this is usually persistent.
The cornea, with no vascular supply, generally cannot remove or resculpt itself. If the scarring is central or bad enough to affect the vision, you might need peripheral sculpting with a laser or even a corneal transplant. Get advice from a corneal specialist.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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