What is Uveitis?

Uveitis is a broad term used to describe many problems with your eyes. What they all have in common is inflammation and swelling that can destroy eye tissues. That destruction can lead to poor vision or blindness. There are three important structures to the uvea, the iris, the ciliary body, and the choroid. Symptoms include eye redness, pain, decreased vision, and floaters.

The word uveitis is used because the swelling or inflammation affects the part of the eye called the uvea. This inflammation can be caused by systemic disease (such as Sarcoidosis), infectious disease (such as Tuberculosis), or autoimmune diseases (such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis).

What are the symptoms of uveitis?

Symptoms of uveitis can include:
  • Eye Redness
  • Pain
  • Decreased Vision
  • Floaters

What are my treatment options?

We diagnose uveitis by performing an eye exam. Sometimes a fluorescein angiogram is done to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment consists of treating the cause of the uveitis. Treatment options include:
  • Steroids
  • Topical (eye drops)
  • Oral (pills)
  • Behind the eyeball (sub-tenon’s injection) or into the eyeball (intravitreal injection)
As with all treatments – the risks, benefits, and alternatives must always be considered. Our doctors are experts in the diagnosis and management of uveitis. We are currently involved in research projects to develop new diagnostic modalities and treatments for uveitis.