What is uveitis? What are the symptoms of uveitis and how is it treated?
Uveitis, which usually starts suddenly, can also cause permanent blindness if left untreated. Known as the third most common cause of vision loss in developed countries in the world, uveitis is a treatable health problem.
Inflammation of the uvea, which forms the middle layer of the eyeball, is called "uveitis". It is also known as eye inflammation among the people. So what is uveitis, what are its symptoms, how is it treated? Let's see together.
What is Uveitis?
The uvea, which forms the middle layer of the eyeball, consists of three parts. Iris, ciliary body and choroid.
The iris is the colored circle at the front of the eye. The ciliary body helps the eye focus. The choroid is a fine network of blood vessels that feeds the retina.
Uveitis starts with complaints such as blood in the eye, eye pain, sensitivity to light, tearing and blurred vision and can worsen rapidly. It can be seen in both eyes at the same time.
Early diagnosis of uveitis is very important as it can lead to vision loss if left untreated.
Causes of Uveitis
Although the causes of eye inflammation are unknown, it is estimated to be caused by infections (such as toxoplasma, HPV virus, tuberculosis), immune system diseases (such as psoriasis, MS, Behçet's disease) or blows to the eye. Uveitis, which is mostly seen between the ages of 20-60, can be treated with drugs.
Moreover; Some types of cancer, such as previous uveitis, eye bumps and injuries, eye surgery, and lymphoma, can also cause uveitis.