Uveitis describes a family of ocular conditions that involve inflammation within the eye.
While some uveitis patients may not have symptoms, others experience redness, light sensitivity, decreased vision, and even pain during an episode of uveitis.
Uveitis can be caused by untreated inflammation elsewhere in the body, which causes an inflammatory response within the eye. In such cases, patients may have autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, lupus, or one of numerous others. Because of this, patients who present with signs of uveitis are often sent for specific bloodwork to investigate for an underlying systemic condition.
In other cases, uveitis can be caused by infections or in response to infectious organisms, such as herpes viruses.
However, it is also common that uveitis may be "idiopathic," or due to no identifiable cause.
Your eye care provider at Eye Specialists of Texas can diagnose uveitis and can help investigate any underlying conditions and work with your rheumatologist or primary care provider to keep symptoms controlled.
As with all ocular conditions, each patient's eyes, vision, treatment options, and needs may be different. The best way to determine your individual condition and options is by booking an evaluation with one of our doctors! Contact us.