Uveitis and Iritis
Uveitis is a type of eye inflammation, specifically the inflammation of the uvea. The uvea is the vascular middle layer of the eye which contains the iris, ciliary body, and choroid. Uveitis may involve one or more of these structures and may occur in one or both eyes. The most common type of uveitis is iritis, or inflammation of the colored part of the eye. The cause of uveitis cannot always be determined but is sometimes a result of viral, bacterial, fungal, or parasitic infections, eye injuries, or autoimmune disorders.
Symptoms of uveitis may occur suddenly and include:
- Eye redness
- Eye pain
- Blurred vision
- Decreased vision
- Sensitivity to light
If you experience these symptoms, it is important to see your ophthalmologist for an exam, as uveitis can lead to complications including glaucoma, cataracts, retinal tears and detachment, and even permanent vision loss.
Treatment depends on the type of uveitis but may include eye drops to reduce inflammation or antibiotics to fight infections. Smoking is a significant risk factor for uveitis, so it should be avoided.
For more information about uveitis and its treatment, or if you are interested in scheduling a consultation at our practice, please contact us online or by phone at (610) 696-1230.