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Uveitis is a rare condition in which there is inflammation of the middle layer of the eye called the uvea. A healthy uvea is vital to maintaining a normal blood supply to the retina of the eye. The retina is a light-sensitive membrane that lines the back of the eyes and transmits converts light into electrical impulses and transmits them to the optic nerve and the brain.
The cause of uveitis is often unknown, but can in some cases uveitis can be due to an infection of the herpes simplex virus or herpes zoster virus. Uveitis can also result from an autoimmune disorder. In an autoimmune disorder, the body's immune system mistakes the tissues of the eye as foreign and potentially dangerous to the body and attacks them.
Symptoms of uveitis include eye pain, or discomfort, eye redness, blurred vision, and sensitivity to light (photophobia). Uveitis can affect one or both eyes. Complications of uveitis can be serious and permanently affect vision. To learn more about other important symptoms and complications, refer to symptoms of uveitis.
Uveitis can happen to anyone, but most often occurs to young adults.
Diagnosing uveitis begins with taking a thorough personal and family medical history, including symptoms, and completing a physical examination that includes a thorough eye examination. This will rule out eye conditions and diseases with similar symptoms.
An eye examination includes testing pupil response to light, visual acuity or sharpness of vision, checking the sharpness of peripheral vision, and testing the pressure of the inside the eye. The outer eye is examined using an instrument called a slit lamp, and the inner eye is examined using an instrument call an ophthalmoscope. Another test involves temporarily staining the eye with a special eye drop that makes a corneal abrasion, which can mimic uveitis, visible to the clinician.
A diagnosis of uveitis may be missed or delayed because symptoms can be similar to symptoms of other disorders, diseases or conditions. To learn more about disorder, diseases and conditions that can mimic uveitis, refer to misdiagnosis of uveitis.
A diagnosis of uveitis may be delayed or missed because symptoms of uveitis can be similar to symptoms of other diseases and conditions, such as watering eye, subconjunctival hemorrhage, scleritis, cataracts, glaucoma, choroiditis, dry eye, blepharitis, and corneal ulcer. ...more misdiagnosis »
The following medical conditions are some of the possible
causes of Uveitis.
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about your symptoms.
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Treatment of uveitis includes corticosteroid eye drops or ointment. A corticosteroid medication reduces inflammation and pain of the eye and helps to improve symptoms. Treatment can also lessen the risk of developing complications, such as glaucoma and cataracts. In some cases a corticosteroid medication may be given by injection or in pill form.
Some of the possible treatments listed in sources for treatment of Uveitis may include:
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Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Uveitis may include these symptoms:
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Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible
causes of Uveitis as a symptom include:
Inflammation of the inner eye, which includes the iris, the ciliary body that holds the lens of the eye; and the choroid plexus, a network of blood vessels surrounding the eyeball. (Source: excerpt from Questions and Answers About Reiter's Syndrome: NIAMS)
Inflammation of the inner eye, which includes the iris, the ciliary body that holds the... (Source: excerpt from Questions and Answers About Reiter's Syndrome: NIAMS)
Acute or chronic inflammation of the iris and ciliary body characterized by exudates into the anterior chamber, discoloration of the iris, and constricted, sluggish pupil. Symptoms include radiating pain, photophobia, lacrimation, and interference with vision.
- (Source - Diseases Database)
Inflammation of the uvea of the eye
- (Source - WordNet 2.1)
Inflammation of part or all of the uvea, the middle (vascular) tunic of the eye, and commonly involving the other tunics (sclera and cornea, and the retina).
- (Source - CRISP)
Uveitis is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of
Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health
(NIH). This means that Uveitis, or a subtype of Uveitis,
affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
- (Source - National Institute of Health)
The list below shows some of the causes of Uveitis mentioned in various sources:
This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Uveitis. Of the 59 causes of Uveitis that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:
The following list of conditions have 'Uveitis' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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The following list of medical conditions have Uveitis or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:
Medical Conditions associated with Uveitis:
Symptoms related to Uveitis:
Eye infection (14 causes), Conjunctivitis (244 causes), Eye inflammation (78 causes), Eye symptoms (5412 causes), Red eyes (630 causes), Alezzandrini syndrome, Ankylosing spondylitis, Behcet's disease (2 causes), Birdshot retinochoroidopathy, Blau syndrome, Cat scratch fever, Etidronate, Fomivirsen sodium, Foreign body, Intraocular, Fuchs' heterochromic cyclitis
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