Uveitis Incidence Increases Following Herpes Zoster

An episode of herpes zoster is associated with an increased risk of anterior uveitis according to a Taiwanese report in Archives of Ophthalmology. The team identified 314,405 patients diagnosed with herpes zoster in Taiwan‘s National Health Insurance Research Database and compared them to 943,215 randomly selected controls without shingles. During a one-year-follow-up, 908 of the zoster patients and 1,607 in the comparison group were diagnosed with anterior uveitis.

Thus, a patient’s intraocular condition should be closely observed in the year following diagnosis with HZ.