Uveitis: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 2/19/2020

Uveitis is inflammation of the uvea of the eye. The uvea includes the iris (the visible, colored part of the eye) and two parts behind the iris that cannot be seen, known as the ciliary body and choroid.

Signs and symptoms of uveitis include

Floaters (spots seen in the visual field) are another associated symptom of uveitis.

Causes of uveitis

There are many causes of uveitis. Autoimmune disorders (such as rheumatoid arthritis, sarcoidosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, Behçet's disease, and ankylosing spondylitis), infections (including syphilis, tuberculosis, and toxoplasmosis), and trauma can cause uveitis. Some cases are idiopathic, meaning no known cause can be found.

Other uveitis symptoms and signs

  • Blurred Vision
  • Cloudy Vision
  • Eye Redness (Conjunctivitis)
  • Painful Eyes
  • Sensitivity to Light (Photophobia)


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Jameson, J. Larry, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.