What is Uveitis?
Uveitis is eye inflammation caused when your immune system attacks healthy tissue in your eye. It can cause pain, redness and vision loss. Sometimes it goes away quickly, but chronic cases exist.
Uveitis arises when the middle section (or uvea) of your eye becomes inflamed (or swells) for a short or long period of time. This condition has a multitude of potential causes, all of which show similar signs and symptoms, such as:
- Minor to severe eye pain
- Light sensitivity
- Redness in and around your eye
- Blurry vision and difficulty seeing
- Floating spots in your vision
You might notice the swelling occur in one eye or both, depending on the underlying cause.
Common Uveitis Causes
Uveitis often arises due to trauma, bodywide autoimmune disease (which causes the body to attack its own healthy tissues), infections, or other rare or unknown causes.
d, Some of the autoimmune disorders and infectious causes known to cause uveitis include:):
- Multiple sclerosis
- Ulcerative colitis
Acute or chronic uveitis can cause blindness without care from an experienced eye doctor.
With decades of combined experiences, ICON’s doctors provide industry-leading care using the latest, advanced technology and techniques.
Available Uveitis Treatments
At your visit to the eye doctor, they will use a number of tests to check for visual acuity, intraocular pressure, and swelling and determine its cause. They will also pinpoint the exact location of the swelling, as it can affect the anterior, intermediate, or posterior sections, if not all three. With that information, they can determine the appropriate treatment.
Common treatments include:
- Corticosteroid eye drops
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
- Drops to dilate the pupils
- Immunosuppressive medication
You will likely need to return for rechecks on a regular basis until the problem fully resolves, especially if it becomes a chronic (long term) problem.
When to Seek Care
If you are experiencing redness and pain in your eye, reach out to your eye doctor right away to track down the cause. Uveitis specialists will help relieve your pain and protect your eyesight using the most effective treatments available today. To receive the care you need, give our team at ICON Eyecare a call. We look forward to helping you see clearly and comfortably through the years.
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