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Uveitis

What Is Uveitis?

Inflammation of the uvea is called Uveitis. 

 

It can occur at the back or front of the eye or may involve the whole uvea of the eye. Inflammation may also occur in the fluid present in the middle of the eye.

 

The most common type of Uveitis is iritis which is the inflammation of the iris.

 

How is Uveitis Treated?

Your ophthalmologist will examine your eye in detail and may advise treatment depending on the cause of the Uveitis. Your treatment will depend on the underlying cause. 

 

Eye Drops Treatment for Uveitis

A common treatment is eye drops that ease the inflammation. For most straightforward cases of non-infectious anterior Uveitis or iritis, are corticosteroid eye drops are prescribed to reduce pain and inflammation.

 

Other Treatment for Uveitis

If Uveitis is a result of an infection, antibiotics or antiviral medication may also be prescribed.

 

Early Treatment for For Uveitis is Important

Early diagnosis and treatment are important to prevent loss of vision due to Uveitis. Without treatment, there can be permanent adverse effects on the eye.

 

Uveitis Recurrence

Even after complete recovery Uveitis may recur.

 

So, on the reappearance of any symptoms, you should consult your surgeon at the earliest opportunity. 

 

If Uveitis is Untreated

If not treated in a timely manner it may cause:

  • an increase in the intraocular eye pressure, 

  • cloudiness of the eye lens (Cataract), 

  • a Retinal Detachment,

  • fluid in the retina or 

  • loss of vision. 

Thus, if you observe any of the symptoms of Uveitis, you should consult an eye specialist at the earliest opportunity.

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