Uveitis

Uveitis is the term used to describe the inflammation of part of the eye known as the uvea. The uvea is a group of three structures which are connected inside the eye. These structures are the iris (the coloured part of the eye), the ciliary body which is ring of muscle located behind the iris and the choroid which is a layer of tissue that supporting the retina.

Depending on which part of the uvea is affected the condition has 4 names

The most common type is anterior uveitis, accounting for around 75% of all cases. This is when the iris becomes inflamed

  • Intermediate uveitis describes inflammation of the are behind the ciliary body
  • When the area at the back of the eye, the choroid and retina, this is termed posterior uveitis
  • Sometimes all the structures of the uvea become inflamed, this being known as Panuveitis

Symptoms of uveitis include the following

  • A painful red eye
  • Floaters
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Cloudy or blurred vision

Anyone displaying the symptoms of uveitis should see their optometrist urgently. Treatment is usually in the form of steroids to reduce inflammation.

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