Uveitis is eye inflammation that affects the middle layer of the eye wall called the uvea. There are 3 types of uveitis: anterior uveitis (swelling of the uvea near the front of the eye), intermediate uveitis (swelling of the uvea in the middle of the eye), and posterior uveitis (swelling of the uvea toward the back of the eye).
Uveitis can be a warning sign of infection, injury, or another more serious condition, leading to permanent vision loss. The symptoms of uveitis occur suddenly and can quickly worsen if left untreated.
There is no one specific test to determine if a patient has uveitis. At Thomas Eye Group, our approach combines examinations and special testing depending on the type of inflammation present.
Uveitis can affect any age group from small children to seniors. The type of uveitis a patient has will determine the severity of the disease.
Uveitis is rarely cured completely; however, it can be treated and controlled long-term.
Although uveitis is a relatively rare disease that can cause permanent blindness, with early detection and proper treatment, most blindness can be prevented.