Deanna M. Neff, MPH
Uveitis is inflammation of the middle layer of the eye. This middle layer of the eye is called the uvea. Uveitis is a potentially serious condition. It requires care from your doctor to prevent vision loss.
Most often the cause of uveitis is not clear.
Some uveitis may be caused by a trauma to the eye or an infection, such as:
Uveitis may be more likely to occur in people with other health problems and immune system diseases, such as
Uveitis may cause:
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. An eye exam will also be done. An eye specialist will do a more extensive exam of the inside of your eye.
Blood tests may be done to look for other diseases or illnesses associated with uveitis.
Most often treatment will focus on relieving the symptoms of uveitis until it goes away. It is important to follow treatment recommendations to prevent complications or recurrence.
If an underlying condition is causing the uveitis, treatment will focus on the condition causing the problem.
Medication can help to:
In some cases, surgery or a special eye implant may be needed.
It is important to follow up with your doctor and watch for signs of recurrence.
Since the cause is often unknown, it is impossible to prevent a first episode of uveitis.
American Optometric Association
American Uveitis Society
Canadian Uveitis Society
Anterior uveitis. American Optometric Association website. Available at:
http://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/eye-and-vision-problems/glossary-of-eye-and-vision-conditions/anterior-uveitis?sso=y. Accessed June 21, 2013.
Anterior uveitis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at:
http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated October 23, 2012. Accessed June 21, 2013.
Uveitis. National Eye Institute website. Available at:
http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/uveitis/uveitis.asp. Accessed June 21, 2013.
Last reviewed December 2014 by
Michael Woods, MD
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