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Eye Herpes (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

If you have eye pain associated with loss of vision, loss of eye movement, painful eye movement, eye swelling, eye discharge, or severe headache, seek advice from your doctor or an ophthalmologist. It is difficult over the phone for a doctor or a nurse to grade the severity of eye pain and make a diagnosis without examining you. All of the above symptoms are significant findings that need to be evaluated by your primary physician or ophthalmologist immediately.

Because of the specialized nature of eye examination equipment, most eye problems are usually handled best in your ophthalmologist's office. If an ophthalmologist is not available, go to a hospital's emergency department. If the emergency department has the necessary eye equipment, an ophthalmologist may see you in the emergency department after hours.

Questions to Ask the Doctor

  • Is there any sign of damage to the eye?
  • Is there any sign of permanent vision loss?
  • What type of follow-up is necessary to make certain my eye heals properly?
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/15/2015
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