What are the signs and symptoms of herpes simplex virus (HSV) keratitis?

Updated: Jan 18, 2019
  • Author: Jim C Wang (王崇安), MD; Chief Editor: Andrew A Dahl, MD, FACS  more...
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Answer

Patients with herpes simplex virus (HSV) keratitis may report the following:

  • Pain

  • Photophobia

  • Blurred vision

  • Tearing

  • Redness

A history of prior episodes in patients with recurrent disease may exist. Patients with ocular HSV who have previous stromal involvement have a significantly higher risk of subsequent stromal keratitis; in contrast, patients with epithelial keratitis alone have no increased rate of recurrent HSV disease.


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