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Uveitis Overview

What is uveitis?
A person with uveitis has inflammation of the inside of the eye. The uvea is the portion of the eye that includes the iris, the ciliary body, and the choroid. One or more of these structures are inflamed in someone with uveitis. Uveitis may be caused by an eye infection or eye injury. Uveitis may also occur with autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, which cause inflammation. About 9 out of 100,000 people in the US develop uveitis each year.

What are the symptoms of uveitis?
Symptoms of uveitis include blurry vision, eye pain, eye redness, eye tearing, and increased sensitivity to bright light.

How does the doctor treat uveitis?
The treatment for uveitis depends on the cause. Treatment may include eye drops, oral corticosteroids, or medications that suppress the immune system.

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Last Updated: Aug 5, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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