Uveitis Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

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What You Need to Know About Uveitis

Uveitis, a painful eye condition that affects the middle of the eye, can lead to vision loss if it's not treated in a timely manner. Fortunately, your optometrist can offer several treatments that will help reduce pain and preserve your vision.

Uveitis Causes Inflammation in the Eye

Uveitis occurs when the uvea, the middle part of your eye, becomes inflamed. Although uveitis can happen at any age, it mostly occurs in people ages 20 to 60, according to the National Eye Institute.

Types of uveitis include:

Symptoms of Uveitis

If you have uveitis, you may experience one or more of these symptoms:

It's not always possible to determine why you have uveitis, although these factors may increase your risk:

Uveitis can damage the tissues in your eye causing vision loss or blindness. If the condition isn't controlled, you may be more likely to develop:

Uveitis may affect just one eye or both eyes. Symptoms can start gradually or occur suddenly. If you notice any of the symptoms of uveitis, call your optometrist immediately.

Once you've had uveitis, you may be more likely to get it again. Regular eye exams at the optometrist's office will help you manage your condition.

Uveitis Treatment

Treatment for uveitis may include:

Do you have any of the symptoms of uveitis? Whether you're concerned about troubling changes in your eyes or it's time for your next exam, we're here to help you care for your eyes. Contact our office to schedule an appointment.

Sources:

National Eye Institute: Uveitis, 7/11/19

American Optometric Association: Anterior Uveitis

American Academy of Ophthalmology: What Is Uveitis?, 11/9/20

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