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Eye Herpes (cont.)

Prevention and Outlook

Contact lens wear, although not contraindicated in patients with previous HSV keratitis, should be used with caution. Patients should understand that contact lens wear may increase the risk of secondary corneal infection with HSV epithelial keratitis. They should be instructed to discontinue contact lens wear at the earliest symptoms of HSV keratitis recurrence.

Herpes simplex keratitis often causes no permanent visual loss but should be treated by a doctor as complications can arise and they can be severe.

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