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Hello everyone,

I was recently diagnosed with ocular herpes.  If you have it I feel your pain, if you don't I pray you never do.  While I haven't experienced vision loss yet I know this is a possibility and devastating emotionally.  I have kids, I can't go blind.   I refuse to accept this disease and will fight it daily.  I had many emotions as I endured the pain and light sensitivity but we must keep in mind that our diet is our greatest tool to defend against this virus.  Currently I am on Acyclovir and healing from swelling and very tender eyes with a maint regiment prescribed.  I must say that this has been an emotional time but reading through the forums I have gained hope and encouragement.   

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Sorry to hear your news. Try to be positive. Being on here and having support really helps as you don't feel alone. You won't go blind you have beautiful kids to watch grow!! You should research olive leaf and Oregano oil. I've heard many people find this extremely effective keeping the virus at bay and some actually believe it's cured this shit virus. Stay strong and talk to the man upstairs about a cure one day for this so we can all be happy :-)

I'm a massive believer in natural medicine after my studies. I've heard and saw some pretty amazing things from little herbs. Do your research :-)

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I read something about an IBS or upset stomach over the counter product called Tagamet that somehow keeps the virus latent. It was an unexpected 'side effect'.  A simple google will turn up the study. I've not gone down this road, haven't really gone down any roads, but I've read about a few things like this.

Check it out.

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Dear thiiscrazy.....

I am praying for you!  Yes, think positive!   I believe the answers are out there!  Look at the many medical breakthroughs in the last 100 years. I think HSV is doomed to die very soon! God bless you. And keep thinking positive.

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Hi!  I've had ocular herpes for 6 years now.  I haven't had any other kind of herpes, so I can't speak to that.  YES, it's a difficult thing to consider that blindness is a possibility, but remember it's a LOW possibility.  It's much more likely that if you stay on top of it and promptly seek medical care when you need it, the chances are much more likely that you will keep your sight for your lifetime.  I've had some vision loss, but have not had a relapse for about 5 years now.  I found through trial and error that my success is due to strict adherence to my regimen of prescription drugs, avoiding foods with arginine, and staying out of the sun as much as possible.  Too much sun exposure ANYWHERE on my body will trigger a relapse within 24 hours for me.  I found this out the hard way, of course.  For comfort's sake, I wear sunglasses a lot, and use artificial tears to help combat the dryness in my eyes.  I will soon be ordering glasses with a tint to be worn indoor, as sometimes the glare is too much for me, even while inside.  I have missed out on a lot of activities with my family and friends, due to the potential of sun exposure.  This has been difficult emotionally, but I try to remember that my health and sight are precious and must be prioritized.  I may have to miss my daughter's high school graduation due to the fact that it will be outdoor, but I can't let pride get in the way of my health.  I wish you great success in treating and dealing with this difficulty. 

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I was diagnosed with this two years ago. It took multiple doctors to finally figure out what it was. It had progressed into Stromal Keratitis. It's been an very isolating experience at times. 

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