Friday, June 20, 2014

Iritis is a painful inflammation of the iris of the eye. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this condition.

Dr. Hill:

Iritis (i-RIE-tis) is inflammation that affects your eyes iris, the colored ring surrounding your pupil. The iris is a part of the middle layer of the eye, so iritis is a type of uveitis, sometimes called anterior uveitis.

The cause of iritis is often unknown. Sometimes iritis results from an underlying systemic condition or genetic factor. An injury to the eye or infection in the eye can also be the cause.

Signs and symptoms of iritis may include:

Eye redness

Discomfort or achiness in the affected eye

Sensitivity to light

Blurred vision, and

Floating specks or spots in your vision

Iritis that develops suddenly, over hours or days, is known as as acute iritis. Symptoms that develop gradually or last longer than six weeks indicate chronic iritis.

Iritis is a serious condition that, if left untreated, could lead to glaucoma or vision loss. If you have symptoms of iritis, see an eye specialist as soon as possible. Prompt treatment can help prevent serious complications.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.