There are three layers of tissue surrounding the central cavity of the eye. When the middle layer, the uvea, becomes inflamed, the condition is called Uveitis. The condition may be sight-threatening.
Uveitis is often associated with other inflammatory diseases of the body such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Sarcoid, or other conditions. It is often difficult to track a specific cause for uveitis and often there is no single, specific cause.
Symptoms of uveitis include light sensitivity, blurring vision, pain and redness of the eye. Uveitis may come on suddenly or gradually and can be chronic and/or recurring.
Eye drops are often prescribed to reduce pain and swelling. Oral medications or injections may be necessary for deeper inflammations. Other conditions, such as cataracts and glaucoma, may also need treatment when accompanied by uveitis.