Understanding uveitis

A man suffers from pain in the eye.

Uveitis is a unique eye condition that affects the uvea, the middle layer of the eye. The uvea consists of the iris (the colored part of the eye), the ciliary body (the specific part of the eye which produces aqueous humor), and the choroid (the blood vessel-rich tissue that provides the necessary oxygen and nutrition to the retina). Uveitis can be classified according to which part of the uvea is affected: iritis, cyclitis, or choroiditis. This condition can be diagnosed with the team at the Longwood Eye & LASIK Center in Massachusetts.

How long does uveitis last?

Uveitis can be acute, chronic, or recurrent. Acute uveitis is sudden in onset and resolves within six weeks. Chronic uveitis persists for more than six weeks. Recurrent uveitis is uveitis that comes and goes, with symptoms appearing and disappearing over time.

Is uveitis linked with any medical conditions?

The exact cause of this condition, uveitis, is often unknown. Uveitis can be associated with other conditions, such as autoimmune diseases, infections, and certain types of cancer. Uveitis can also occur on its own without any underlying cause.

What happens if uveitis is not treated?

Uveitis is a very serious condition that can lead to vision loss. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential to preventing vision loss from uveitis.

What are the symptoms of uveitis?

The most common symptom of uveitis is eye pain. Other symptoms include:

  • Redness of the eye
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Dark floaters in the field of vision

If you have noticed any of the above symptoms, see an ophthalmologist as soon as possible for an evaluation.

How is uveitis diagnosed?

Uveitis is diagnosed through a comprehensive eye exam. Your ophthalmologist will look for signs of inflammation in the eye, such as redness, swelling, or pain. A thorough examination of both the retina and the optic nerve may also be done.

How do I learn more?

If you believe you have uveitis and want to work with an eye doctor in Massachusetts to discuss your needs, call the Longwood Eye & LASIK Center at 800-676-5050 to make an appointment at any of our four locations in Gardner, Springfield, Fitchburg, and Greenfield. We are open to providing care for new and existing patients who are in need of vision and eye health solutions and work directly with our patients to get them the care and attention they need to maintain healthy eyes and clear vision.


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