Iritis (cont.)

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What is the prognosis for iritis?

In most cases, iritis responds to a short course of steroid eyedrops and dilating drops. In the case of recurrences, each new episode increases the possibility of scarring, glaucoma, cataract, and other serious eye damage.

What research is being done for iritis?

The field of uveitis includes many inflammatory eye conditions, as well as iritis, and major work is ongoing. Because iritis usually responds so well to treatment, the research is primarily concerned with the management of cases which are more severe or involve the eye more extensively This work benefits our understanding of the mechanism of iritis and the treatment or it. Besides looking for more effective medications, there is also research concerned with looking for the best way of delivering medications to the eye.

Where can I find out more information about iritis?

The American Academy of Ophthalmology

The Iritis Organization

NIH: National Eye Institute

Casey Eye Institute at Oregon Health and Science University

Medically reviewed by William Baer, MD; Board Certified Ophthalmology


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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/1/2015

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