Uveitis

Uveitis is an inflammation of the eye that typically affects the iris, ciliary body or choroid. Other structures such as the retina and cornea can also be involved. It is the third leading cause of blindness in the United States. Uveitis affects women and men, all age groups and all races.

There are approximately sixty different causes of uveitis. Approximately 50% of patients with uveitis may have an underlying infectious disease or systemic autoimmune condition associated with inflammation in their eye. Infections such as tuberculosis, syphilis, Lyme disease, West Nile Virus, and Herpes viruses can cause uveitis. Patients with systemic diseases such as sarcoidosis, ankylosing spondylitis, systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjogren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis are also at risk to develop uveitis. Children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis are particularly susceptible to uveitis. In rare instances, uveitis may be due to cancer.

The symptoms of uveitis are variable depending on the location of the inflammation in the eye. Symptoms may range from pain, redness, and photophobia (sensitivity to light) to floaters, photopsias (flashes of light), and loss of vision.

The treatment for uveitis depends on the individual patient and the underlying cause of their inflammation, but can range from antibiotic therapy to local steroid injections or implants to systemic immunosuppressive therapy (chemotherapy).

Since uveitis is a relatively rare condition and there are many things that can cause uveitis, it is essential to see specialist who has experience doing the investigative work necessary to find an underlying disease. In addition, patients should seek out a uveitis specialist who has experience using immunosuppressive medications since their use in some diseases is associated with better long-term outcomes and in some cases, remission.

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