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Prognosis

The prognosis for most cases of keratitis is very favorable. With early treatment of keratitis caused by herpes simplex, shingles, or bacteria, most people will heal without loss of vision. Early treatment of parasitic and fungal keratitis also is essential. But even with appropriate treatment, the infection may persist. If vision is very impaired, your eye specialist may suggest corneal transplant.

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