Uveitis is a form of eye inflammation that affects the middle layer of tissue in the eye wall. The middle layer consists of the iris, ciliary body, and choroid. This is a serious eye condition and should be treated as soon as possible.
There are many causes of uveitis, including an eye injury, exposure to toxic chemicals, and inflammatory diseases. This eye condition is classified by where the inflammation occurs.
• Anterior – inflammation of either the iris or iris and ciliary body.
• Intermediate – inflammation of the ciliary body.
• Posterior – inflammation of the choroid.
• Diffuse – inflammation of all areas at once.
This is a chronic condition, so it comes back over and over. Because it’s incurable, there are several possible complications, including glaucoma, elevated eye pressure, and swelling of the retina.
This condition affects people between 20 and 60 and affects all genders.
This condition comes on suddenly and gets worse quickly. Symptoms will vary based on where the inflammation occurs, but might include some of the following:
• Light sensitivity
• Decreased visual acuity
• Eye pain
• Red eyes
Most often, intermediate and posterior uveitis is painless. Symptoms of this type of inflammation include blurred vision and floaters, usually in both eyes. Though painless, intermediate and posterior uveitis still need to be evaluated and treated.
Treatment is going to be different for each person. Most often, it will include prescription eye drops along with anti-inflammatory medications. Depending on the severity, it might also require anti-inflammatory injections either inside the eye or on the outside.
Our expert team at Accent Eyes has combined decades of experience dealing with the most basic to the most severe eye. If you suspect you might have uveitis, don’t hesitate to call or visit our office today. Trust us with our eyes. They’re the only pair you’ve got.