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Why is shingles especially risky if it's near your eyes?

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If you have shingles in or near your eyes, forehead, or nose, see your doctor right away. Without treatment, it can lead to pain in your eyes but also to permanent loss of vision.

Shingles in your eyes can cause:

  • Sores and scarring on the surface
  • Swelling and redness
  • Glaucoma, a disease in which pressure builds in your eye
  • Damage to the nerves

From: What Problems Can Shingles Cause? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 9, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 9/9/2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Shingles.”

National Health Service (NHS): “Shingles.”

CDC: “Shingles (Herpes Zoster).”

NIH, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, “Shingles: Hope Through Research.”

NIH Senior Health: “Shingles.”

National Institute on Aging: “Shingles,” “How Long Does Shingles Last?”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 9, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Shingles.”

National Health Service (NHS): “Shingles.”

CDC: “Shingles (Herpes Zoster).”

NIH, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, “Shingles: Hope Through Research.”

NIH Senior Health: “Shingles.”

National Institute on Aging: “Shingles,” “How Long Does Shingles Last?”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 9, 2018

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