Herpes zoster ophthalmicus and lateral rectus palsy in an elderly patient

YALÇINBAYIR Ö. , YILDIZ M. , Gunduz G. , Gelisken O.

Case Reports in Ophthalmology, vol.2, no.3, pp.333-337, 2011 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 2 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1159/000334236
  • Title of Journal : Case Reports in Ophthalmology
  • Page Numbers: pp.333-337


Acquired palsy of the lateral rectus presents with horizontal diplopia and has a broad differential. Herpes zoster ophthalmicus- (HZO) related cranial nerve palsy is a transient and self-limiting condition. Systemic antiviral treatment is administered in order to prevent sight-threatening complications. In suspected cases, zosteriform rash should be questioned. One should keep in mind that acquired esotropia in the elderly may sometimes present following HZO. Copyright © 2011 S. Karger AG.