Herpes of the Eye (cont.)

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Can herpes eye infections be prevented?

There is no vaccine against HSV at this time. However, there is a vaccine against HZV for children (chickenpox vaccine) and a vaccine against HZV shingles for adults.

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. For now, each recurring episode needs to be aggressively monitored and treated. Research is ongoing to develop a means of eradicating the virus in its latent state.

Medically reviewed by William Baer, MD; Board Certified Ophthalmology


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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/11/2015

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