Inverclyde Pharmacy First Clinical Questions : Why should patients with shingles on the face be referred to an optician?

·        This is to allow appropriate examination and assessment of the eye since shingles infection in the eye can affect vision. GPs may not have the specialised equipment required.

·        Treatment also usually includes local treatments such as acyclovir and / or steroid eye drops as well as oral therapy.

·        Any shingles rash close to the eye or affecting the nose warrants urgent referral.