Uveitis and Iritis
Uveitis is inflammation of the uvea, which is the middle layer of the eye’s surface, comprised of the iris, choroid, and ciliary body. Although uveitis may seem similar to conjunctivitis, or pink eye, they are not the same. Pink eye happens on the outermost surface of the eye and is usually contagious. Uveitis occurs in the middle surface of the eye, most frequently in the iris. This is called Iritis. Uveitis can be caused by a variety of factors: from a bacterial or viral infection, an eye injury, or an autoimmune disorder. Common symptoms of uveitis include: light sensitivity, redness of the eye, and floaters, which are moving dark spots in your vision. Uveitis is often chronic and can be serious, so getting proper care and treatment early is critical. If left untreated, it can damage your vision, and even cause vision loss. If you believe you have uveitis, speak with your eye care provider immediately. They will test your vision, and examine your eye to detect signs of inflammation. Treatment for uveitis includes the use of dark glasses or medication to dilate your pupil, allowing your iris to rest and heal; steroids to decrease inflammation; or in the case of an infection, antibiotics or antiviral medication. Proper treatments and follow up care with your eye care provider are critical for a healthy recovery.