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Ocular complications of shingles triple during 12-year period

An increasing number of Americans are being diagnosed with shingles of the eye


US researchers have highlighted that an increasing number of Americans are being diagnosed with ocular complications of shingles at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology in Vancouver (27 April to 2 May).
They reported that among a group of 21 million adults, cases of herpes zoster ophthalmicus (HZO) tripled between 2004 and 2016.

HZO had an incidence of 9.4 cases per 100,000 people at the start of the study period and 30.1 cases by the end of the study period.

The research found that the condition was more common in women and adults over the age of 75.

Scientists from the Kellogg Eye Center highlighted that two doses of Shingrix are more than 90% effective at preventing shingles and are recommended for those over the age of 50.

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