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- What is scleritis?
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- What causes scleritis?
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- What are risk factors for scleritis?
- What are symptoms of scleritis?
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- What is the treatment for scleritis?
- Are there home remedies for scleritis?
- What are the complications of scleritis?
- What is the prognosis for scleritis?
- Is it possible to prevent scleritis?
- What research is being done on scleritis?
Are there home remedies for scleritis?
What are the complications of scleritis?
Complications of scleritis include inflammation of the cornea (keratitis), anterior or posterior uveitis, glaucoma, cataract, retinal swelling, scleral thinning, peripheral corneal shinning, and retinal macular swelling.
Corneal or scleral thinning, if untreated, may lead to a hole in the side of the eye (ocular perforation) and severe vision loss or blindness. Scleritis may be recurrent. Long-term treatment with corticosteroid eye drops may itself cause cataract and glaucoma.
What is the prognosis for scleritis?
Scleritis is a serious eye disease which must be evaluated, treated, and monitored aggressively to avoid vision loss. Scleritis may be recurrent, but is usually responsive to therapy. It is critical that any underlying disease be diagnosed and treated. Many of the conditions associated with scleritis are serious and may only be diagnosed during the evaluation for the cause of the scleritis. The scleritis itself may respond to treatment, but the underlying disease process may not.
In general, scleritis in association with Wegener's granulomatosis is difficult to treat and may lead to vision loss even with treatment. The scleritis seen with the spondyloarthropathies is usually very responsive to treatment. Scleritis that occurs in the absence of an underlying disease will typically respond well to treatment. When recurrent scleritis symptoms are noticed, urgent treatment can result in optimal outcome.