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What is Uveitis?

Uveitis is inflammation of the uvea, the middle layer of the eye. The uvea consists of the iris, choroid and ciliary body. The choroid is sandwiched between the retina and the white of the eye (sclera), and it provides blood flow to the deep layers of the retina. The most common type of uveitis is an inflammation of the iris called iritis (anterior uveitis). Infections, injury and autoimmune disorders may be associated with the development of uveitis, though the exact cause is often unknown. Uveitis can be serious, leading to permanent vision loss. Early diagnosis and treatment are important to prevent the complications of uveitis.


Symptoms include: eye redness, eye pain, light sensitivity, blurred vision, floating spots in your field of visions, decreased vision and/or a whitish area inside the lower part of the colored area of the eye. Sometimes the cause of Uveitis isn’t clear, however it has been associated with autoimmune disorders, inflammatory disorders, infections such as herpes, syphilis, toxoplasmosis or West Nile virus, certain eye injuries and some cancer types.


Treatment options include anti-inflammatory medication, antibiotic medication, Immunosuppressive medication and/or surgery. If you think you may be experiencing Uveitis, call (920) 452-5400 today for an appointment to review your symptoms.

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