Uveitis Treatment in Des Plaines, IL
The uvea is the middle section of the eye, which contains the iris, ciliary body and choroid. This part of the eye is essential for healthy blood flow, which in turn leads to normal vision. Unfortunately, the uvea can become inflamed. This inflammation is known as uveitis. If left untreated, uveitis can lead to serious pain and blindness.
Eye inflammation can be treated. Request more information today: call (847) 824-3127 or contact The Midwest Center for Sight online.
Uveitis occurs when the uvea becomes inflamed and enlarged. The uvea directs blood to the retina, which is critical for normal eye function. There are many different reasons that a person may suffer from uveitis, most of them sourced to an underlying health condition. Possible causes of uveitis include:
- Autoimmune diseases
- Inflammatory disorders
- Eye injury
- Retinal nerve damage
- Serious viral infection
- Crohn's disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Certain kinds of ancer
Family history may also play a role in uveitis, and in other cases an underlying cause may not be clear.
The inflammation of the uvea isn't always immediately visible. While many associate redness with eye inflammation, it is just one of the many symptoms that may occur. Other possible symptoms of uveitis include:
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Eye pain
- Reduced vision quality
- Dark spots in field of vision
- Visible “whiteness” in the iris
- Vitreous scar tissue
There are actually several different types of uveitis, depending on where the inflammation occurs. These include:
- Panuveitis, in which all parts of the uvea are inflamed.
- Anterior uveitis, in which just the front part of the uvea is inflamed.
- Posterior uveitis, in which just the rear part of the uvea is inflamed
Regardless of the location of the inflammation, the symptoms are largely the same. For most people, symptoms gradually increase over time as the inflammation worsens.
There are many different treatment options available for uveitis. This condition is most commonly treated by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. The best uveitis treatment will vary depending on the root cause of the problem and the specific needs of the patient.
Possible treatments for uveitis include:
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Corticosteroid eye drops
- Antibiotics and antiviral medication
- Immune system suppressants
Uveitis surgery is typically used only as a last resort, in the case that other methods have failed. The most common type of surgery for this problem is known as vitrectomy. During this procedure, a portion of the jelly-like substance in the eye known as vitreous is removed. This can help both with diagnosing the cause of uveitis and treatment if the problem stems from scar tissue.
Request Uveitis Information Today
Many people who suffer from uveitis have a full recovery after treatment. Recovery can take days, weeks, or even months depending on the underlying cause and which part of the eye is affected. Request uveitis information today: call (847) 824-3127 or contact The Midwest Center for Sight online.
The Midwest Center for Sight
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