Ophthalmic Herpes Zoster

Herpes zoster of the ophthalmic nerve is called ophthalmic zoster. It is of particular importance because of the damage it can cause to the eye.


Vesicles on the side of the nose (Hutchinson's sign) indicate involvement of the nasociliary branch of the ophthalmologic nerve. Many ocular complications are possible including conjunctivitis, uveitis, retinal vascular occlusion and ocular muscle palsies.


The patient should be referred urgently to an ophthalmologist.

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Ophthalmic Herpes Zoster

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