Herpetic Infections of the Cornea

Objectives: Upon completion of this conference the resident/student should have an understanding of herpetic corneal disease and should be able to:

discuss the epidemiology, pathophysiology, signs, symptoms and management of corneal infections due to herpesviruses.

Specific questions we will address include:

  • What was the historical significance of IDU topical therapy?
  • Why is Herpes simplex type 1 (HSV-1) virus so difficult to eliminate from the host?
  • Following serious recurrent corneal disease, which virus is worst for the patient: HSV-1 or VZV? Why?
  • ZOSTAVAX is an effective vaccine to prevent herpes zoster ophthalmicus. Should we expect a comparable vaccine soon to prevent recurrent HSV-1 keratitis?
  • What is the newest treatment for infectious HSV-1 epithelial keratitis?

Assignment: Please read the Viral Infections Section in Chapter 7 Infectious Diseases of the External Eye: Clinical Aspects in the Cornea Section of the BCSC series.

Please also read the attached article.

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