- by Dr H Janhavi
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- Feb 20 2018
What is Uveitis?
The middle layer of the eye is called uvea and the swelling of uvea is known as Uveitis. The uvea supplies blood to the retina. It may occur from both infectious and non-infectious causes.
The cause is not known. Autoimmune conditions that may be associated with uveitis include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Ulcerative colitis
- Kawasaki disease
- Crohn’s disease
Types of uveitis
Anterior Uveitis (front of the eye): It affects the iris. The iris is the color part of the eye near the front.
Intermediate Uveitis (middle of the eye): It involves the middle part of the eye and is also called iridocyclitis.
Posterior Uveitis: It is also called as choroiditis because it affects the choroid. The tissue and blood vessels of the choroid are important because they deliver blood to the back of the eye.
Pan-uveitis: When the inflammation affects all major parts of the eye, it is called pan-uveitis.
The doctor will examine your eye and take a complete health history.
Treatment depends on the cause and type of uveitis. Usually, it is treated with eye drops.
- Treatment for Anterior uveitis includes dark glasses, eye drops, and steroid drops.
- Treatment for posterior uveitis includes steroid taken by mouth, injection around the eye.
- Treatment for intermediate uveitis include steroid eye drops and steroid taken by mouth.
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