Uveitis

imagesUveitis is an inflammation of the uvea. The uvea contains many blood vessels and carry the blood to and from the eye. Because of it’s crucial role, inflammation if left untreated, can damage your eye sight and can lead to permanent vision loss from the development of the glaucoma, cataract or retinal edema. Uveitis is the third leading cause of blindness in the United States.

symptoms

  • eye redness
  • eye pain
  • decreased or blurred vision
  • light sensitivity
  • floaters
  • Eye pressure that is higher than normal

causes

  • virus like shingles, mumps or herpes
  • systemic inflammatory disease
  • fungus or parasites
  • eye injury or foreign body in eye

The specific cause of uveitis often remains unknown. Uveitis is typically seen in patients age 20-50. In most cases, there is no obvious underlying cause.

diagnosing

A thorough exam by Dr. Adelson is vital if symptoms occur. Your vision and pressures will be evaluated. He may order blood tests, skin tests or X-rays to help make the diagnosis.

treatment

Uveitis is very serious and can scar the eye, therefore it needs to be treated as soon as possible. Eye drops and/or oral medications are typically administered to reduce inflammation. For more severe cases, oral medication is required to lower the intraocular pressure. If complications are advanced, surgery may be necessary.

If you are experiencing symptoms of uveitis, give us a call at 866-340-EYES to schedule an appointment for evaluation.