Herpes of the Eye (cont.)

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Can herpes eye infections be prevented?

For patients with frequent recurrences of herpes eye infections, taking a low dose antiviral drug on a daily basis can, in some cases, reduce the frequency of recurrences. Your doctors will help determine if this is a safe option.

There is no vaccine against HSV at this time. There is a vaccine against chickenpox for babies and toddlers (varicella vaccine). For adults over 60 years of age, the zoster vaccine may reduce the frequency and severity of recurrences of shingles and HZV eye disease. Research is ongoing to develop a means of eradicating the virus in its latent state.


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Oxman, M. N., et al. "Shingles Prevention Study Group. A vaccine to prevent herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia in older adults." New England Journal of Medicine 352.22 (2005): 2271-2284.

van Rooij, J., et al. "Effect of acyclovir after penetrating keratoplasty for herpatic keratitis: a placebo-controlled multicenter trial." Ophthalmology 110.10 (2003): 1916-1919.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/8/2016

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