Uveitis (cont.)

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What are symptoms of uveitis?

Symptoms of uveitis can include some or all of the following:

  • Aching, painful eye(s)
  • Red, bloodshot eye(s)
  • Sensitivity to light (increased pain when eyes are exposed to light, called photophobia)
  • Blurred, cloudy vision
  • Floaters (random spots in the visual field)

What are the signs of uveitis?

Aside from the redness of the eye(s), the only other visible signs of uveitis are microscopic and can be seen by an ophthalmologist using a slit lamp microscope. Inflammatory white blood cells can be visualized in and around the uvea portion of the eye and in the front portion of the eye under the cornea (the anterior chamber).

What are the different types of uveitis?

The different types of uveitis are classified based on which parts of the uvea are affected: iritis (iris), cyclitis or intermediate uveitis (ciliary body), choroiditis (choroid), or panuveitis (all three parts of the uvea).

Different types are then further classified by cause: autoimmune (when associated with an autoimmune disease in the body), infectious (when caused by a bacteria, virus, fungus, or parasite), traumatic (after trauma to either eye), or idiopathic (no identifiable cause).

What other medical conditions are associated with uveitis?

Several autoimmune diseases can be associated with uveitis: sarcoidosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis, to name a few. Several infections in the body can also be associated: tuberculosis, Lyme disease, syphilis, herpes zoster (shingles), and others.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/18/2015

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