Herpes Zoster is produced by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes Chickenpox. If you have had Chickenpox, this virus is still in your central nervous system and can reactivate later in life, especially if you are over age 80 and if you have a weakened immune system.

Symptoms of Shingles

  • Blistering rash limited to one side of the face
  • Fever
  • Painful inflammation of nerve fibers
  • Fatigue
  • Decrease in corneal (eye) sensitivity

While shingles can appear anywhere on your body, it often occurs around the torso. However, it can also affect the:

  • Head
  • Neck
  • Eye (cornea)
  • Nose
  • Cheek
  • Forehead

Treatment for Shingles

If you are diagnosed with facial shingles, Dr. Rapoza may prescribe an oral anti-viral treatment to reduce the chance of corneal damage. It is important to schedule follow-up eye exams to protect your eye health.

If you have shingles, contact us today to schedule an eye exam in one of our three convenient OCB locations in Boston, Waltham or Danvers, Massachusetts.


Appointments/Scheduling: 800-635-0489