Uveitis

Friday, July 15, 2016

If you or a loved one is experiencing eye redness, blurred vision or irritation, you could have uveitis, a condition that can do permanent damage to your vision if left untreated. Dr. Edward Hill discusses uveitis in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Uveitis involves an inflammation of the middle layers of the eye, also called the uveal tract or uvea. The uvea includes the iris, choroid and ciliary body, the part of the eye that joins these together.

Symptoms of uveitis include eye redness and irritation, blurred vision, eye pain, increased sensitivity to light and floating spots before the eyes.

Uveitis has many potential causes, including infection with a virus, fungus, bacteria or parasite, inflammatory disease affecting other parts of the body, or injury to the eye.

Uveitis can permanently damage your eyesight and even cause blindness. Complications of uveitis may include glaucoma, cataracts, abnormal growth of blood vessels in the eyes that interfere with vision, fluid within the retina, and vision loss. Early diagnosis and treatment by your eye specialist is critical.

For uveitis not caused by an infection, your eye specialist may prescribe eye drops containing steroids to reduce swelling and drugs to relieve pain. Antibiotics are used in patients with infectious uveitis.

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