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Uveitis is inflammation of the middle layer of the eye, which is called the uvea (or uveal tract). The uvea is made up of the iris (coloured part of the eye), the ciliary body (ring of muscle behind the iris) and the choroid (layer of tissue that supports the retina).Inflammation of the uvea usually causes a red eye, sometimes with cloudy vision, and it may be painful.
Alternative Names of Uveitis are: Iritis; Pars planitis; Choroiditis; Chorioretinitis; Anterior uveitis; Posterior uveitis.
Complications of Uveitis
Uveitis needs to be closely monitored because complications may develop and lead to loss of vision. Possible complications are outlined below.
Causes of Uveitis
Uveitis can be caused by autoimmune disorders such as- rheumatoid arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis, infection or exposure to toxins.
However, in many cases the cause is unknown.
Uveitis can be associated with any of the following:
Signs & Symptoms of Uveitis
Uveitis can affect one or both eyes. Symptoms may develop rapidly and can include:
Diagnosis of Uveitis
Treatments of Uveitis
Iritis is usually mild. Treatment may involve:
Prevention of Uveitis
When to seek Medical Advice
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