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- What is uveitis?
- What causes uveitis?
- What are symptoms of uveitis?
- What are the signs of uveitis?
- What are the different types of uveitis?
- What other medical conditions are associated with uveitis?
- How is uveitis diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for uveitis?
- What is the prognosis for uveitis?
- What are the complications of uveitis?
- Can uveitis be prevented?
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
Durrani, K., et al. "Systemic therapy with conventional and novel immunomodulatory agents for ocular inflammatory disease." Survey of Ophthalmology 56.6 (2011): 474-510.