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Vishnu Eye Clinic - Laser Foundation : Patient Education

What is Uveitis?

Uveitis is swelling and irritation of the uvea (the middle layer of the eye). The uvea provides most of the blood supply to the retina. Uveitis can have many causes, including eye injury and inflammatory diseases.

What are the symptoms of Uveitis?

Uveitis can affect one or both eyes.

Symptoms may develop rapidly and can include:
- Blurred vision
- Dark, floating spots in the vision
- Eye pain
- Redness of the eye
- Sensitivity to light

What are the causes of Uveitis?

The specific cause of Uveitis is unknown; however it is known to be associated with:

- Another disease in the body such as a virus (like mumps or herpes)
- Systemic inflammatory disease
- Injuries to the eye
- A fungus or parasite on rare occasions
- Studies have shown that smoking contributes to developing this disease.

What is the treatment for Uveitis?

As soon as you notice symptoms, a careful eye examination is extremely important. Inflammation inside the eye can lead to permanent blindness without treatment. In the early stages, eye drops can reduce inflammation and pain. However for severe cases, oral medication and injections maybe required.

What happens if I don't treat uveitis?

Untreated uveitis can lead to problems like glaucoma, cataract, damage to the retina, retinal detachment, neovascularization to name a few.

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