Author Affiliations: F. I. Proctor Foundation (Drs Gonzales, Acharya, and Margolis) and Department of Ophthalmology (Drs Levison and Stewart), University of California, San Francisco.
We read with interest the recent article by Charkoudian et al1 describing 2 cases of acute retinal necrosis following vaccination with Zostavax and wish to share our own experience of zoster retinitis following vaccination with Varivax (varicella virus vaccine, live; Merck & Co, Inc). Our case is unique, however, in that we identified the vaccine strain of the virus (Oka) in the vitreous of the involved eye.
Gonzales JA, Levison AL, Stewart JM, Acharya NR, Margolis TP. Retinal Necrosis Following Varicella-Zoster Vaccination. Arch Ophthalmol. 2012;130(10):1355–1356. doi:10.1001/archophthalmol.2012.2255