Deals with various causes of inflammation inside the eye.
Uveitis is a subspecialty of ophthalmology that deals with various causes of inflammation inside the eye.
Uveitis can cause symptoms such as eye redness, eye pain, light sensitivity, floaters and blurred vision. It can be due to an infection or a sign of a systemic autoimmune disease such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. Uveitis is generally treated with steroids, but in infectious cases, antibiotics are necessary.
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Uveitis is the inflammation of the eye.
Ophthalmologists classify uveitis into four forms depending on which part of the eye inflamed: anterior, intermediate, posterior or panuveitis.
Uveitis can be part of a systemic disease. Patients with autoimmune disorders, such as lupus, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease, are prone to developing uveitis. Infections can also cause uveitis, including those due to tuberculosis, Herpes virus, Cat-scratch disease, HIV, and various parasitic infections. Eye surgery can also result to eye inflammation.
Anterior uveitis typically causes eye redness, light sensitivity and teary eye. In a few cases, there may be blurring of vision.
Intermediate uveitis causes floaters, and when severe, blurred vision.
Uveitis is diagnosed through a comprehensive eye examination by a trained and experienced ophthalmologist. In most cases of uveitis, several laboratory tests including blood tests, x-rays, urine analysis, etc, are requested. Samples of the fluid inside the eye may need to be obtained and examined in a few instances.
Uveitis, if untreated, can lead to permanent loss of vision. Other complications of uveitis include cataract formation, glaucoma and retinal detachment.
Corticosteroid is the mainstay of treatment of uveitis. This may be in the form of eye drops, injections into or around the eye, or tablets taken by mouth. While corticosteroid is mostly effective in the treatment of uveitis, it is not without its negative side-effects. Several patients with uveitis may need stronger immunosuppressive treatment.