Managing the care of patients with herpes zoster ophthalmicus
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Managing the care of patients with herpes zoster ophthalmicus

Susan Watkinson Associate lecturer, University of West London, Slough, Berkshire
Ramesh Seewoodhary Senior lecturer, Ophthalmic nursing, Faculty of Health and Human Science, University of West London, Slough, Berkshire

The herpes zoster virus is a common neurocutaneous infection. When the eye is involved, the virus is referred to as herpes zoster ophthalmicus. This article discusses the role of the nurse in managing the care of patients with herpes zoster ophthalmicus. It provides an overview of the condition and its associated pathophysiology. The article examines risk factors, clinical features, diagnosis, treatment, complications and prevention. It also discusses the care required to support patients during their treatment and subsequent rehabilitation.

Nursing Standard. 25, 39,35-40. doi: 10.7748/ns2011.06.25.39.35.c8543

Correspondence

sue.watkinson@pilot.uwl.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review