Eye complications

The shingles rash can develop anywhere on the body. In more than one in ten cases of shingles it affects the eye (ophthalmic zoster). The pain in this type of shingles is usually extremely severe and intense. Worse still, however, is the fact that such cases of shingles often lead to eye damage, typically due to scarring of the cornea.

More than half of cases in which shingles affects the eye lead to eye complications such as impaired vision or inflammation of the cornea.

It is therefore very important to seek medical attention quickly if you suspect that you have developed shingles close to your eye.