What is Uveitis
Uveitis is a condition in your eyes that causes inflammation in the middle layer and its surrounding tissue. If you have an injury in your eyes, a viral or bacterial infection, it can cause uveitis. This condition causes red eyes, eye pain, and inflammation. If not treated, uveitis can cause permanent vision loss or blindness.
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There are four types of uveitis depending on where they occur on your uvea. The uvea is the middle layer of tissue found in the wall of your eyes, this layer helps with the different functions including the focusing and absorption of light.
The four different types of uveitis are:
- Anterior uveitis – this is the most common form of uveitis. Also known as the iritis, it affects the front part of the eyes and is commonly caused by the inflammation of the iris.
- Intermediate uveitis – also known as vitritis or pars planitis.This is caused by the inflammation of the jelly-like part of your eyes.
- Posterior uveitis – this is caused by the inflammation of the retina and choroid. Posterior refers to the back of the eyes.
- Panuveitis – this condition is caused by the inflammation in all layers of the uvea, and affects other parts of your eyes including the lens, optic nerve, and retina. This condition can cause reduced vision and blindness.
Symptoms of uveitis may come on gradually or suddenly. These symptoms can include:
- Floating shapes in your field of vision
- Blurred vision
- Red eye
- High sensitivity to light
- Eye pain
- Vision loss
Uveitis can affect anyone. Although about half of all the cases, the specific cause of uveitis is not clear. The inflammation may also result from:
- a viral or bacterial infection
- an autoimmune disease
- eye injury
- eye surgery
Some forms of uveitis can take a long time to go away. Some can come back after treatment. But depending on your type of uveitis, treatment can include:
- antibiotics, antivirals, or antifungals
- eye drops
- steroidal anti-inflammatories
Medical providers don’t usually know half of what causes uveitis. There is also nothing much that you can do to prevent this disease but to ensure that you always take good care of your eyes’ health. Talk to your eye care provider if you experience red eyes, eye pain or inflammation in your eyes.
Scheduling a regular eye checkup is beneficial for you and your family, to keep your eyes healthy and to prevent any problems that can affect your vision. At Doral Health and Wellness Ophthalmology Center, our eye doctors can also do a retinal evaluation. To schedule an appointment, please call us at 1-347-384-5690 or visit us at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11212. You can also visit our website at https://www.ophthalmologybrooklyn.com.