Ocular herpes, which usually affects one eye, is not a sexually transmitted disease. It’s spread by contact with people who have the virus. Around 50,000 people develop ocular herpes in the United States each year; like other herpes infections, ocular herpes can lie dormant for many years and then recur. Ocular herpes can affect just the top layer of the eye or the deeper structures.

Ocular Herpes Simplex Type 1 Common Symptoms

Ocular herpes, sometimes called herpes keratitis, usually affects the top layer of the cornea, the clear domed membrane that covers the iris, the colored part of the eye, and the pupil. The conjunctiva, which lines the lower eyelids and the eyelids themselves may also be affected.

Typical symptoms of herpes keratitis include pain, redness, blurred vision, tearing, swelling around the eye, and light sensitivity. This viral infection of the cornea is usually superficial and heals without scarring. Herpes lesions may also be visible near the eye on the face. Read the full story at General Medicine Suite 101 (generalmedicine.suite101.com/article.cfm/symptoms-of-ocular-herpes-simplex-1-infection)

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