Uveitis is an autoimmune disease involving the inflammation of the middle layer of the eye, which is made up of the choroid, the iris, and the ciliary body. Uveitis may affect one or both of the eyes. It is most commonly found in people that are younger to middle aged. It is estimated to be responsible for 10% of the cases of blindness in the United States. Uveitis is sometimes linked to other autoimmune diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis. The most common form of Uveitis affects the iris or front area of the eye. A history of autoimmune diseases and recent eye trauma or surgery are factors that could increase one’s predisposition.
Symptoms of Uveitis
The first symptoms of Uveitis can go unnoticed with the disease progressing quickly in hours or days. Some of those affected will see a watering of the eye, pronounced redness and irritation in the eye, an increased sensitivity to strong or bright lights, an irregularly shaped pupil, and aching in the eye. At the Uveitis becomes worse and the vision is affected, one may see spots or a haze in the vision and blurry vision. Quick and early treatment is needed for Uveitis to lower the risk of sever vision complications such as cataracts, glaucoma, and permanent blindness.
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