What is Uveitis?

Uveitis is a form of eye inflammation. It is inflammation of the uvea — the middle layer of the eye that consists of the iris, ciliary body and choroid.
Uveitis warning signs often come on suddenly and get worse quickly. They include eye redness, pain and blurred vision. The condition can affect one or both eyes. It primarily affects people ages 20 to 50, but it may also affect children.
Possible causes of uveitis are infection, injury, or an autoimmune or inflammatory disease. Many times a cause can’t be identified. Uveitis can be serious, leading to permanent vision loss. Early diagnosis and treatment are important to prevent the complications of uveitis.

Symptoms

Red Eyes, Blurry Vision, Eye Pain, and Flashes.

You’ll start treatment right away. If an infection is to blame, you’ll get antibiotics. If not, your eye doctor may prescribe eye drops or pills with steroids to ease swelling and drugs to relieve pain. He may give you drops that dilate your pupil to prevent eye spasms and other problems. Dark glasses will help with light sensitivity.

Complications can be serious: Glaucoma, Cataracts, Abnormal growth of blood vessels in the eyes that interferes with vision, fluid in the retina, and vision loss.

That’s why early diagnosis and treatment by a specialist are critical.