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Eye Herpes (cont.)

Follow-up

Follow-up care usually depends on the severity of the eye problem. Signs and symptoms of recurrence of herpes simplex keratitis are similar to the first episode. Return to your ophthalmologist or the emergency room if you have increased eye pain, any loss of vision, increased eye discharge or redness, or swelling around the eye. Patients with HSV keratitis need to be monitored closely until the disease is inactive. Any suspicious corneal cloudy area (infiltrate) in the presence of HSV epithelial keratitis should be cultured for possible secondary bacterial, fungal, or parasitic infection and then managed with appropriate topical agents.

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