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Get your iritis treated at Artisan Optics Boise Idaho

Iritis is the inflammation of the iris, the colored part of the eye. Iritis affects people of all ages. The condition can be acute or chronic. Acute iritis happens suddenly (sudden onset) and typical symptoms include a painful, red eye with light sensitivity. Chronic iritis can last several weeks, months or even years. Individuals with chronic iritis are at higher risk for developing visual impairments such as scarring or vision loss.

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In many cases, but not always, iritis is related to a systemic disease, injury or infection (either bacterial or fungal). Risk factors associated with auto-immunce disorders and systemic disease for developing iritis include, but are not limited to:

  • Ankylosing spondylitis

  • Arthritis

  • Collagen vascular disease

  • Crohn's disease

  • Eye injury

  • Histoplasmosis

  • Inflammatory bowel disease

  • Lupus

  • Lyme disease

  • Reiter's Syndrome

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Sarcoidosis

  • Shingle viruses

  • Toxoplasmosis

  • Tuberculosis

  • Ulcerative colitis

Infections associated with iritis include, but are not limited to:

  • Candida

  • Gallbladder

  • Herpes

  • Kidney

  • Sinus

  • Syphilis

  • Tonsils

  • Tooth or gum

In other cases, iritis may follow an injury or trauma to the eye; or may develop in conjunction with a corneal ulcer or a foreign body in or on the cornea. It is not uncommon for the exact cause of iritis to remain unknown.

What are the symptoms of iritis?

The symptoms of iritis usually appear suddenly and progress rapidly over a few hours or days.

  • Blurred vision

  • Eye redness

  • Eye soreness

  • Flotaters (small strands, specks or dots moving in the field of vision)

  • Photophobia (light sensitivity)

  • Severe eye pain

  • Tearing

  • Uneven pupil sizes between the two eyes

How is iritis diagnosed?

A professional, comprehensive eye exam is extremely important when the symptoms of iritis occur. The examination will include various diagnostic tests including: Checking the pressure inside the eyes, pupillary response, and vision testing. This is extremely important as inflammation inside the eye can affect sight and can lead to vision loss (blindness).

Dilation is routinely required due to the risk of inflammation inside the eye. When the eyes are dilated the eye doctor will use a slit lamp to evaluate the structure and condition of the inside of the eyes. A slit lamp illuminates and magnifies the structures of the eye, and is commonly used to detect any signs of inflammation. A diagnosis can often be made on the basis of this thorough examination. However, in some cases additional medical tests such as blood work, skin tests or x-rays are necessary to help diagnose the secondary condition that may be causing the inflammation.

How is iritis treated?

In some cases iritis may go away on its own. However, it is important to identify the cause of iritis. This is especially important in cases of recurring or chronic iritis. Treatment of iritis is often directed at identifying and eliminating the cause of the inflammation.

The goal of the eye doctor is to reduce inflammation, pain, redness and prevent complications. Prescription eye drops are used to treat iritis. Eye drops can include both antibiotics and steroids. The eye drops prescribed, and length of treatment varies based on the severity and cause of the iritis. In severe cases, oral medications such as cortisone drugs or cortisone eye drops may be prescribed to reduce inflammation.

It is not unusual for a case of iritis to last six to eight weeks. During this time, the eye doctor will carefully monitor potential side effects from medications and any complications. Possible complications associated with iritis include:

  • Cataracts

  • Corneal changes

  • Glaucoma

  • Inflammation of the cornea

  • Scarring

  • Vision loss

It is important to seek treatment when you begin experiencing the symptoms of iritis. The importance of proper diagnosis and prompt treatment of iritis cannot be over stressed. Iritis is a condition that has the potential to become sight threatening. If diagnosed in the early stages, and with proper treatment, iritis can usually be controlled before vision loss occurs.

Immediate care, or calling 911, is required if:

  • There is severe eye pain and a headache

  • Vision suddenly worsens

  • Nausea or vomiting occur

If you are experiencing symptoms of iritis we encourage you to call our office, Artisan Optics. Our eye doctors accommodate same day, emergency appointments. Anyone experiencing symptoms associated with iritis is scheduled on an “as soon as the patient can arrive” basis. Our eye doctors understand that you are in pain, experiencing light sensitivity and are overall uncomfortable. We want to help you feel better as quickly as possible. Our phone number is 208.377.8899. 

Get your eye infection treated at Artisan Optics Boise Idaho

Posted by Artisan Optics at 11/23/2016 3:39:00 AM
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