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Corneal ulcers – viral

This module will review the current diagnosis and treatment recommendations for herpes simplex, herpes zoster, and adenoviral infections of the cornea. The module will focus on diagnosis of the various types of infections, discussions around various management protocols, how to approach difficult cases, and when to treat versus refer.

Learning objectives


  • Describe the work-up, diagnosis and initial management for herpes simplex, herpes zoster, and adenoviral infections of the cornea
  • Better understand the management of difficult cases such as herpes keratitis in children, zoster vaccine induced corneal perforations, and non-healing epithelial defects
  • Describe the prevention and treatment of adenoviral epidemic keratoconjunctivitis

Presentation slides (password protected) [PDF]

CPD credits

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Canadian Ophthalmological Society. Physicians may claim a maximum of 1.5 Section 1 credits.

Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 credits. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit.

Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the learning activity.

INSIGHT was co-developed with Allergan and was planned to achieve scientific integrity, objectivity, and balance. The use of the partner logo is ethically permissible.

Faculty: Dr. Rusty Ritenour

Dr. Rusty RitenourDr. Ritenour completed subspecialty training in cornea and refractive surgery at the University of Toronto. He completed his ophthalmology training before this at Dalhousie University. There, he was awarded the E.A. Baker and Samuel R. McLaughlin Fellowships. He is in community practice in Victoria, British Columbia, and is a staff surgeon at Island Health, Royal Jubilee Hospital. His areas of interest include keratoconus, corneal transplant, and refractive laser surgery. Outside of the clinic, Dr. Ritenour tries to keep up with his two active boys. He and his wife enjoy skiing, biking, and traveling.

For more information about CPD opportunities, please contact:

Cheryl Ripley
613.729.6779 x223