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Herpes simplex eye infections

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Introduction
Herpes simplex eye infections are eye infections caused by the herpes simplex virus – the same virus group that can cause cold sores and genital herpes.
Symptoms of herpes simplex eye infections
Information about the symptoms of herpes simplex eye infections.
Causes of herpes simplex eye infections
Herpes simplex eye infections are usually caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). The HSV-1 virus can also cause cold sores on your face.
Diagnosing herpes simplex eye infections
It is important to speak with your GP if you have symptoms of a herpes simplex eye infection, as an untreated infection can permanently damage your eyes.
Treating herpes simplex eye infections
Treatment of a herpes simplex eye infection depends on how bad the infection is and what part of the eye is affected.
Complications of herpes simplex eye infections
A herpes simplex eye infection is not usually serious. But in some cases, it can permanently affect your eyesight if you do not treat it quickly.