What is Anterior Uveitis?
Anterior uveitis is an inflammation of the middle layer of the eye, which contains the iris (or colored part of the eye), and the ciliary body. Anterior uveitis can be an acute, recurring condition requiring aggressive treatment. Individuals with anterior uveitis will notice:
Treatment of Anterior Uveitis:
Treatment for anterior uveitis typically involves anti-inflammatory drops, as well as drops to dilate the eye(s) to help relieve the pain. In cases of recurring anterior uveitis, a systemic workup may be necessary to determine if there is an underlying condition contributing to the recurrent uveitis. If left untreated, anterior uveitis can lead to permanent damage to the eye, and a loss of vision from complications like glaucoma, cataract, or retinal edema.
What causes Anterior Uveitis?
There are a number of things that can cause anterior uveitis. In most cases, however, there is no obvious underlying cause of the anterior uveitis. Other conditions that can cause anterior uveitis include trauma to the eye, as well as certain systemic medical conditions.
Symptoms of Anterior Uveitis:
Symptoms of anterior uveitis include: