What is Uveitis?
Uveitis is a common retinal condition that we see frequently in our retinal treatment centers across Central Texas. Our team of retinal specialists are experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of this sight threatening ocular disease.
What is uveitis?
Uveitis is a general term referring to inflammation of the eye’s inner layer, known as the uvea. If uveitis is left untreated, it can lead to permanent damage of delicate eye tissue and even vision loss. Uveitis is typically diagnosed as occurring with one of three classifications: (1) Anterior Uveitis-near the front of the eye, (2) Intermediate Uveitis-in the middle of the eye, and (3) Posterior Uveitis-towards the back of the eye.
Some common signs and symptoms of uveitis include:
• Painful or aching eyes
• Sensitivity to light
• Excessive tearing or watery eyes
• Blurred vision
• Dark spots or floaters in your vision
Factors that might lead to uveitis are exposure to irritating chemicals or substances, eye injury, illness or infection, or a reaction to certain drugs or medications.
Uveitis may be associated with an underlying medical condition, most often an autoimmune disease such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Crohn's Disease, or Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Diagnosing uveitis is done via a complete eye exam with an ophthalmologist who may also require additional testing, including a blood or skin test and/or imaging tests.
How is uveitis treated?
If it’s determined that uveitis is due to an autoimmune disease, you may be referred to a rheumatologist to help address it. Common prescriptions that our retinal specialists regularly use to treat other forms of uveitis include:
• Antibiotics or antiviral medications to clear up infections
• Corticosteroids to reduce swelling and irritation, in eye drop or pill format
• Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to help ease inflammation
Uveitis symptoms may also be helped by making some nutritional adjustments to your diet, in the form of healthier eating and taking supplements. Eating foods that are antioxidant rich, like green leafy vegetables and brightly colored fruits, is highly beneficial to your vision and eye health.
Let your physician know if you are taking any special supplements or other medications if you begin treatment for uveitis.
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