Uveitis

  • Medical Author:
    Patricia S. Bainter, MD

    Dr. Bainter is a board-certified ophthalmologist. She received her BA from Pomona College in Claremont, CA, and her MD from the University of Colorado in Denver, CO. She completed an internal medicine internship at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver, CO, followed by an ophthalmology residency and a cornea and external disease fellowship, both at the University of Colorado. She became board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology in 1998 and recertified in 2008. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Bainter practices general ophthalmology including cataract surgery and management of corneal and anterior segment diseases. She has volunteered in eye clinics in the Dominican Republic and Bosnia. She currently practices at One to One Eye Care in San Diego, CA.

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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Can uveitis be prevented?

Uveitis cannot always be prevented per se, particularly since some cases are idiopathic (unknown cause); however, one can certainly reduce the chances of acquiring uveitis with common sense precautionary measures against trauma and infection. Examples include the use of eye protection when engaging in activities such as lawn edging and drilling, using extra caution around opening champagne bottles or firecrackers, keeping vaccinations up to date, practicing good hygiene and hand washing, and getting regular general health checkups with a primary care doctor.

Autoimmune diseases are often genetic (that is, they run in families) and perhaps gene therapies in the future will eradicate or at least control some of these illnesses.

Prevention of flare-ups of uveitis requires close monitoring with repeat examinations by an ophthalmologist. The treatment must often be adjusted or modified according to both microscopic and clinical changes for optimal control.

Medically reviewed by William Baer, MD; Board Certified Ophthalmology

REFERENCE:

Durrani, K., et al. "Systemic therapy with conventional and novel immunomodulatory agents for ocular inflammatory disease." Survey of Ophthalmology 56.6 (2011): 474-510.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/18/2015
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