Anterior uveitis secondary to the herpes simplex virus (HSV) is a common finding in patients with herpetic corneal disease. Although HSV iridocyclitis has been documented in the absence of active keratitis, it is thought to occur relatively infrequently and to have a short self-limited course.1 We report herein a case of herpetic anterior uveitis that developed as the primary manifestation of the HSV infection. This uveitis produced a chronic inflammation of the anterior chamber with associated iris atrophy in the absence of corneal or epithelial disease.
Report of a Case.
—A 38-year-old white man was referred to the eye clinic with a 3-day history of a red painful right eye. The patient was well until 3 days prior to referral when he noticed the gradual onset of a foreign-body sensation, slight photophobia, and progressively increasing pain in the right eye. There was no history of cutaneous, genital, or ocular
Chang TS, Brewer LV, Hooper PL. Primary Herpes Simplex Iridocyclitis With Iris Atrophy. Arch Ophthalmol. 1993;111(1):25-26. doi:10.1001/archopht.1993.01090010027017