ISSN: 2459 - 1777 | E-ISSN 2587-0394
Volume : 7 Issue : 2 Year : 2022
Beyoglu Eye Journal Is COVID-19 Infection a Trigger for Herpetic Stromal Keratitis? [Beyoglu Eye J]
Beyoglu Eye J. 2022; 7(2): 140-142 | DOI: 10.14744/bej.2022.81994

Is COVID-19 Infection a Trigger for Herpetic Stromal Keratitis?

Burçin Kepez Yıldız, Derya Özkan, Adem Tellioğlu, Ahmet Demirok
Department of Ophthalmology, University of Health Sciences Beyoglu Eye Training and Research Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

In June 2020, a 28-year-old female patient was admitted to our clinic with reduced vision in the left eye. She had systemic COVID-19 infection in May 2020 and during her treatment course, her visual complaints had begun approximately 1 week after the beginning of the COVID-19. Previously, the patient had bilateral femtosecond assisted – Laser in situ Keratomile-usis in our clinic in 2018. There was no previous history of herpetic eye involvement. In her examination, the uncorrected visual acuity was 20/20 in the right and 20/32 in her left eye. Slit-lamp examination revealed interlamellar infiltration at the flap interface in the left eye. Considering herpetic activation, ganciclovir ointment 5 × 1, valacyclovir tablet 2 × 1, and prednisolone acetate 1.0% eye drops 5 times a day and artificial tear 5 × 1 were started. Two weeks later, the infiltration completely resolved and the uncorrected visual acuity increased to 20/20.

Keywords: Co-infection, COVID-19, Extrapulmonary, Herpetic keratitis, Post-LASIK.

Burçin Kepez Yıldız, Derya Özkan, Adem Tellioğlu, Ahmet Demirok. Is COVID-19 Infection a Trigger for Herpetic Stromal Keratitis?. Beyoglu Eye J. 2022; 7(2): 140-142

Corresponding Author: Burçin Kepez Yıldız, Türkiye
Manuscript Language: English
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