What are the typical signs of conjunctivitis (pink eye) caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection?

Updated: Mar 24, 2020
  • Author: Ingrid U Scott, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Andrew A Dahl, MD, FACS  more...
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With HSV infection, vesicles may be present on the eyelid or face, the eyelids may be swollen, and an ulcerative blepharitis may be present.

Corneal involvement in HSV manifests as an epithelial dendritic keratitis with typical features of linear branching and dendritic figures, as well as deeper stromal inflammation. Endothelialitis, trabeculitis with elevated intraocular pressure, and/or uveitis may also occur.


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