What is it?
Swelling or inflammation of the inner layers of the eye. The swelling can be located in the front, middle, back or all segments of the eye. The symptoms each patient experiences may vary depending on the location affected.
Who does it affect?
There is a long list of causes for uveitis. Eye disorders, infections or abnormal conditions affecting other parts of the body can all lead to signs of swelling in the eye. In systemic conditions, blood disorders or arthritis-like syndromes are often related. In some cases, no cause is identified despite an eye doctor performing a thorough work-up and testing.
How is it treated?
The treatment depends on the site of swelling, underlying cause and severity of the disease. In some cases, no treatment is necessary. Most however, require oral or injectable medicine or eyedrops. Corticosteroids are the mainstay of therapy in uveitis due to their ability to suppress inflammation. Many types of Uveitis take a long time to heal so it is essential to have follow-up visits with your Cool Springs eye doctor even when symptoms improve.