Think You Have Uveitis? What to Know

eye careWhen you hear the term “Uveitis” you may think that it is the name of a ship on Star Trek or that it is a type of fish living deep in the sea, and although both of those guesses might be more fun than what it actually is, Uveitis is an eye disease that causes eye inflammation that results in extreme swelling and ultimately destroys the eye cells. But what is this eye disease and how is it caused? This article will discuss uveitis to help you understand all that it entails. Read on to learn more.

What Is Uveitis?

As mentioned previously, Uveitis is an eye disease that causes extreme inflammation in the eyes. By affecting the middle portion of the eye, or the uvea, uveitis causes inflammatory cells to enter into the eye. Once inflammation has started, uveitis disrupts a person’s ability to see clearly by causing problems with the lens, retina, optic nerve, and vitreous.

Just like with most diseases, there are many different forms of uveitis including infectious and non-infectious uveitis. Specifically, the most specific forms of uveitis include:

  • Anterior uveitis
  • Intermediate uveitis
  • Posterior uveitis
  • Panuveitis uveitis

How Can You Get Uveitis?

Impacting individuals between ages 20-60, people who have prior inflammatory conditions are more likely to contract this disease than those who don’t. For instance, the majority of patients who have uveitis have diseases like:

  • CMV retinitis
  • AIDS
  • Psoriasis
  • Syphilis
  • Herpes zoster infection
  • Reactive arthritis
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Tuberculosis

How Is It Treated?

After an examination by Dr. Steve Thom and depending on the severity of your uveitis, he will map out a treatment plan for you. Typically, treatment options include things such as a steroid, eye injections, or oral medications.

If you think that you have uveitis, contact Dr. Steve Thom right away to schedule an appointment. Upon examination, Dr. Thom can get you seeing and feeling better in no time. To learn more, contact our office today!

 

 

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