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Vision - Ophthalmology
by Dr. Michael Fischer, M.D.

UVEITIS 

Michael Fischer, M.D.
Michael Fischer, M.D.

“Uveitis” is inflammation in the layer of tissue situated between the retina and the sclera (the white of the eye). This middle layer, the uvea, has three parts: the iris (colored portion of the eye), the ciliary body (which makes the fluid of the eye), and the choroid (a layer of blood vessels that nourishes the retina and other important parts of the eye). “Anterior” uveitis, the most common form, involves the iris and ciliary body. “Intermediate“ uveitis affects mostly the vitreous humor (the clear gel that fills the eye), and “posterior” uveitis affects the retina or choroid at the back of the eye. Symptoms of blurred vision, eye pain, eye redness, photosensitivity, and dark “floaters” require immediate attention. It should be noted uveitis can result in scarring and blindness if left untreated.

 

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