Uveitis (inflammation inside the eye) can occur in several different forms, all of which cause issues like discomfort, red eyes, and blurry vision. At University Ophthalmology in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, dedicated ophthalmologists Veena Arun, MD, and Varun Pawar, MD, have a special interest in the diagnosis and treatment of uveitis. They're dedicated to helping patients reclaim their eye health after uveitis, so use the online booking tool or call the office to schedule your appointment today.
Uveitis is a condition that causes inflammation in the uvea, the middle layer of your eye. Many different things can contribute to uveitis, including eye injury, infections, inflammatory disease, and even chemical exposure. Uveitis can be very different depending on where it occurs in your eye, but it typically causes uncomfortable symptoms, and sometimes vision issues.
There are a number of uveitis types. They're often categorized according to where the inflammation occurs in your eye.
Anterior uveitis occurs in the front part of your eye's uvea, and is often mainly around the iris.
Intermediate uveitis affects the front part of your retina, ciliary body muscle, and vitreous in your eye.
Posterior uveitis occurs in the back part of your eye's uvea, affecting your optic nerve, retina, and choroid layer blood vessels.
Panuveitis is uveitis that affects all the layers of your eye's uvea.
Although the following conditions are sometimes associated with, or confused with, uveitis, they're unique conditions with their own symptoms:
Blepharitis, or eyelid inflammation, can occur at the same time as uveitis.
Scleritis is a condition in which the sclera, the white part of your eye, turns intensely pink or red. Often, it's connected to autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.
When ocular herpes occurs within the eyeball, it's classified as uveitis but is still a type of herpes.
Nearly any condition causing ocular surface inflammation can be associated with or confused with uveitis. It's so important to see a specialist like Dr. Pawar for an accurate diagnosis and specialized treatment. Dr. Pawar stays up-to-date with the latest uveitis advances, and he's an active member of the American Uveitis Society and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
The most common kind of uveitis, anterior uveitis, often causes:
With intermediate or posterior uveitis, you may have blurry vision and floaters, but not have any obvious discomfort or pain.
Treatment depends on your symptoms. Dr. Pawar may prescribe anti-inflammatory eye drops, or other kinds of anti-inflammatory medication if needed. If your uveitis is related to an infection, Dr. Pawar typically prescribes antibiotics or antivirals.
If your uveitis doesn't respond to other types of medications, Dr. Pawar might prescribe immunosuppressive or cytotoxic medications. In some cases, severe cases of uveitis may require surgery like vitrectomy.
For uveitis help from a specialist, call University Ophthalmology or book your appointment with Dr. Paware online now.