Uveitis is inflammation of the part of the eye called the uvea. The uvea is the middle layer of the eye, in between the retina and the sclera (the outside strong white wall of the eye). The uvea contains many blood vessels to carry blood to and from the eye. Inflammation of this layer can cause damage to your sight.
Uveitis can be related to a systemic disease in another part of the body. Many causes of uveitis are autoimmune in nature. This disease can also be caused by a virus, fungus or parasite. In most cases of uveitis, the cause of the disease can’t be determined. Your doctor will have you fill out a questionnaire detailing your overall health and may order other tests such as blood tests or x-rays to aid in the diagnosis.
Uveitis treatment needs to be implemented as soon as possible. Treatment may include eye drops, oral medication (immunomodulation) or injections of medication into or around the eye. We have a specialist who treats and manages uveitis patients.