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Do You Have Uveitis?

There are a number of eye conditions that can interfere with your vision and cause a number of unpleasant symptoms. However, many eye conditions exhibit the same symptoms, making it difficult to determine the best treatment option for your needs. Before you set up an appointment with your NYC ophthalmologist, take the time to educate yourself on the signs and symptoms of uveitis.

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What is Uveitis?

Uveitis refers to an eye condition characterized by inflammation and swelling of the uvea—or the middle layer within your eye that provides blood to the retina.

Causes and Risk Factors

While the cause of uveitis is often unknown, there are a number of factors that can increase your risk of ocular inflammation. Some of the risk factors for uveitis include having an autoimmune disorder such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, herpes, Crohn’s disease or AIDS—as well as certain medical conditions including psoriasis, sarcoidosis, toxoplasmosis, tuberculosis, ulcerative colitis, and syphilis. Direct trauma or eye injury may also increase the risk of uveitis.

Signs and Symptoms

Uveitis may affect one or both eyes and lead to a variety of symptoms .The signs of uveitis include—but are not limited to—blurred vision, eye pain and redness, sensitivity to light, and floating spots that interfere with vision.

Treatment Options

Mild uveitis may be treated using dark glasses, eye drops that dilate the pupil and relieve pain, and steroidal eye drops. Your ophthalmologist may also prescribe oral medications to combat moderate-to-severe cases of uveitis. Individuals whose uveitis is caused by a body-wide infection may be treated through the use of anti-inflammatory medications known as corticosteroids and antibiotics.

The best way to determine if you are showing symptoms of uveitis is to set up an eye exam with your ophthalmologist. Let New York City ophthalmologist Dr. Mark Hornfeld help you maintain the health and integrity of your eyes by calling (212) 580-8881. You can also visit our website to learn more about our cataract treatments and Vista laser vision correction.