To treat Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus, Dr. Rodriguez prescribes oral anti-viral medication to reduce the risk of the virus infecting cells deep within the tissue, which could inflame and scar the cornea and help in providing pain relief.
Often prescription anti-inflammatory and antibiotic eye drops or ointments are necessary. Symptoms can be relieved by the use of warm compresses and eye drops that provide lubrication and pain relief.
The disease may also cause decreased corneal sensitivity, sometimes permanently.
IMPORTANT: if you suffer any symptoms of shingles, see your doctor immediately. Early treatment can help minimize the severity of the outbreak and possibly prevent damages to your eyes. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone age 60 and over, gets vaccinated against Herpes Zoster. The FDA has approved Zostavax, the Herpes Zoster vaccine for those over the age of 50.