Uveitis is a type of eye inflammation that occurs in the uvea of your eye (the middle layer of tissue). This condition is often caused by an infection, trauma/injury to the eye or an inflammatory disease and it can affect one or both eyes. If left untreated, this condition can lead to vision conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, retinal detachment and even permanent vision loss.
Symptoms of Uveitis
Symptoms may come on suddenly and become more severe very quickly. These symptoms can last weeks or for years!
- Blurry vision
- Floaters in your vision
- Light sensitivity
Risk Factors for Uveitis
Uveitis typically affects people age 20-50. People with autoimmune or inflammatory disorders may be susceptible to developing uveitis. Smoking can increase your risk of developing uveitis.
Treatment for Uveitis
Uveitis can affect the front, middle, back or all three parts of the uvea. Our team at Eugene Eye Clinic will focus on reducing the inflammation in your eye through medications to reduce inflammation (prescription eye drops), antibiotics to treat infections or medications to strengthen your immune system. In more severe cases, it may be necessary to perform surgery to remove some of the vitreous gel inside your eye (vitrectomy) or insert a device into your eye that will continuously release medication to treat your condition.
To learn more about diagnosis and treatment for uveitis in Eugene, OR, contact us today to schedule an appointment.