Uveitis

What is Uveitis?

Uveitis is known as the inflammation of the uvea. Uvea is the middle layer of the tissue present in the eyewall. The main cause of uveitis may be an autoimmune disease or an infection. Uveitis can ...

Symptoms

Symptoms of uveitis include:

  • Eye pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Decreased vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Eye redness

Causes

In some cases, the cause of the inflammation isn’t clear. General causes of uveitis include:

  • Eye injury
  • Autoimmune disorder
  • Inflammatory disorder
  • Cat-scratch disease
  • Lymphoma

Risks

Individuals with changes in genes may get uveitis. Moreover, a current study demonstrates a direct relationship amongst uveitis and cigarette smoking.

Prevention

Uveitis can be prevented if you:

  • Recognise symptoms early
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Reduce infection exposure
  • Avoid stress
  • Protect yourself from trauma

How is it diagnosed?

To diagnose uveitis, the specialist(ophthalmologist) will assess the patient's medical history and perform various eye tests:

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How is it treated?

The objective of the treatment is to minimize the inflammation in the eye. The procedure of treatment is chosen according to the cause or symptoms of uveitis.  

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  • Medications

    • Medications to Reduce Inflammation: Your specialist may use oral medications like corticosteroid to control the inflammation in the uvea.
    • Antibiotics: Your specialist may use antiviral or antibiotics to fight the bacteria if the patient's condition is caused by an infection.

  • Surgery

    • Vitrectomy: In this surgery, the specialist removes a vitreous part of the patient's eye to reduce the inflammation.
    • Implanting a device: In this procedure, a device is implanted into the eye of the patient which slowly releases corticosteroid medication for 2-3 years. This procedure helps to control the inflammation in the eye but may have possible side effects like glaucoma and cataract. 

When do I contact the doctor?

One should contact the doctor if any signs and symptoms of the disease are observed.

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