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    What is Uveitis?

    Understanding About

    Uveitis, an inflammation of the middle layer of tissue in the eye wall (uvea), manifests with sudden onset symptoms including eye redness, pain, and blurred vision. It can affect one or both eyes, impacting individuals of all ages, including children.

    While causes may include infection, injury, or autoimmune/inflammatory diseases, often the exact cause remains unidentified. 

    Given its potential for permanent vision loss, early diagnosis and treatment are crucial to prevent complications and safeguard vision.

    Uveitis FAQs

    Our optometrist treats each case of uveitis individually. Immediate treatment is highly recommended and has an impact on the success of treatment. Treatments can vary from homatropine to non-steroidal inflammatory agents. Our eye doctor will assess your condition to determine which treatment methods will benefit you the most.
    Uveitis is diagnosed after a careful exam and symptoms of the eye. Since this eye condition can be related to disease in other parts of the body, our eye doctor will ask you about your overall health history. If this is left untreated, inflammation can affect your sight significantly and even lead to blindness.
    If left untreated, uveitis can result in permanent vision loss. However, with early intervention, patients with uveitis have a better chance of maintaining their vision. It’s important for patients to be aware of the signs of uveitis or their risk factors and to seek medical attention immediately for evaluation and treatment.
    Uveitis occurs as an inflammatory response to disease, infection, injury, or toxins. In many cases, it is secondary to an underlying systemic disease. It is commonly associated with autoimmune illnesses, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, sarcoidosis, and AIDS.
    Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is an inflammatory condition of the conjunctiva, which is a thin membrane that encloses the front of the eye and lines the back of the eyelid. Generally caused by a bacterial or viral infection, the symptoms of pink eye can superficially resemble anterior uveitis, but it is a completely different condition. Patients who experience symptoms such as redness, swelling, or blurred vision should not assume that they have pink eye and should schedule an appointment with an eye doctor right away for proper diagnosis and treatment.