Uveitis: Inflammation of the Inner Eye

What Is Uveitis?:

Uveitis is a condition that occurs when the middle layer of tissue surrounding the eye becomes inflamed.

What Is The Importance Of The Uvea?

The uvea contains many of the blood vessels which nourish the eye. Inflammation of the uvea may be sight-threatening.

What Are The Symptoms Of Uveitis?

Symptoms of uveitis include light sensitivity, blurring of vision, pain, and redness of the eye.

What Causes Uveitis?

Uveitis may result from a virus such as shingles, mumps, or herpes; a fungus such as histoplasmosis; or a parasite such as toxoplasmosis. It can also be related to disease in other parts of the body or due to an injury to the eye or even to the opposite eye.

How Is Uveitis Diagnosed?

An ophthalmologist should be consulted immediately when symptoms occur so that an internal examination of the eye can be done before loss of sight or blindness occur. An overall medical health report from other medical specialists may also be necessary.

How Is Uveitis Treated?

Prompt treatment is necessary to minimize any loss of vision. Eye drops, oral medication or injections may be used to reduce inflammation. If complications are advanced, conventional surgery or laser surgery may be necessary. A “red eye” which does not clear up should promptly be evaluated and treated.