Management of patients with herpes simplex virus eye disease having cataract surgery in the United Kingdom.

Research paper by Evripidis E Sykakis, Rushmia R Karim, Dipak N DN Parmar

Indexed on: 31 Jul '13Published on: 31 Jul '13Published in: Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery


To standardize the management of patients with herpetic eye disease scheduled for cataract surgery, a questionnaire was sent to each fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists registered as a consultant with a subspecialty interest in cornea. Most respondents agreed that disease stability was required before cataract surgery was offered; 62.3% would operate on patients in whom the disease had been quiescent for 3 to 6 months. The decision to prescribe prophylactic antivirals divided the respondents, with 58.8% in favor of starting antiviral treatment. Most respondents (72.46%) did not start topical antiviral treatment. In regard to changing topical steroid use postoperatively, 80.9% would not change their routine regimen. Oral acyclovir was the first line of treatment for 92.5%. The conclusions were that a significant period of inactivity should be considered before cataract surgery is performed in patients with herpes simplex virus eye disease. Oral antiviral prophylaxis is common clinical practice, but no change in routine postoperative steroid use is needed.