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What is anterior uveitis?

Anterior uveitis is an inflammation of the middle layer of the eye, which includes the iris and adjacent tissue, known as the cilliary body.

Is the disease serious?

If untreated, anterior uveitis can lead to other eye problems and cause permanent damage. It usually responds well to treatment, however, there may be a tendency for the condition to recur.

What causes anterior uveitis?

Anterior uveitis can occur as a result of trauma to the eye, such as a blow or foreign body penetrating the eye. It can also be a complication of other eye disease, or it may be caused by general
health problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, rubella and mumps.  In many cases, there is no obvious underlying cause.

What are the symptoms of anterior uveitis?

Symptoms may include a red, painful and inflamed eye, blurring of vision, sensitivity to light and a small pupil. 

How is anterior uveitis diagnosed?

Since the symptoms of anterior uveitis are similar to those of other eye diseases, your optometrist will carefully examine the inside of your eye under bright light and high magnification, to determine
the presence and severity of the condition. Your optometrist may also perform other test procedures and arrange for treatment and investigations.

Does anterior uveitis affect vision

If untreated, anterior uveitis can affect adjacent eye tissues causing swelling, scarring, the development of glaucoma, cataracts, or retinal edema, which can lead to loss of vision.

What is the treatment for anterior uveitis?

Usually eyedrops that dilate the pupils and anti-inflammatory drugs are prescribed. Treatment usually takes several days, or up to a few weeks, in some cases. It is important that treatment is given at an early stage in the condition.

- Information provided by the American Optometric Association -

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