The uvea is comprised of the middle layers of the eye, including the iris,
choroid, and ciliary body. Inside the uvea is a network of arteries and
veins that provide nourishment to the rest of the eye. Inflammation of
the uvea, also known as uveitis, is a serious condition that can damage
your vision if not treated by
What Is Uveitis?
Uveitis refers to an inflammation inside the eye. Inflammation can affect
the iris, the middle regions of the eye, the retina, and the tissue at
the back of the eye. This condition can develop and worsen rapidly, causing
symptoms such as blurry vision, red or irritated eyes, and eye pain. You
may also notice an increased sensitivity to light and see floaters or
spots. If you aren’t sure what’s causing your symptoms and
pain or irritation does not abate within a few days, see your ophthalmologist
as soon as possible.
What Causes Uveitis?
Autoimmune disorders such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and sarcoidosis
can affect the immune system and lead to inflammation. Viral and bacterial
infections, including shingles, herpes, syphilis, and toxoplasmosis, may
cause inflammation of the retina and related tissues. Fungal infections
and injuries to the eye may also result in the development of uveitis.
In cases where no exact cause is identified, uveitis may be related to
stress and its effect on the immune system.
What Treatments Address Uveitis?
Receiving treatment from your ophthalmologist as soon as possible prevents uveitis from permanently damaging your vision.
Steroidal eye drops to reduce swelling are prescribed to relieve most
forms of uveitis. If an infection is identified, antibiotics are prescribed
to treat the underlying cause. Other treatments include immunosuppressive
medications and surgical solutions if your uveitis does not improve and
continues to threaten your vision.
If you have questions or concerns about your eyesight, contact Dr. Mark
Hornfeld by calling (646) 502-4142. Dr. Hornfeld specializes in ophthalmology
in NYC, with a focus on providing complete vision care and counseling. Please
visit our website to learn more about common eye afflictions, including glaucoma, cataracts,
and macular degeneration.