Our eyes are sensitive, and there’s nothing more uncomfortable than having a painful irritation or inflammation in your delicate eye.

Many inflammations are a direct cause of a foreign body in the eye, but Uveitis is a less well known eye condition that usually affects people aged 20-60. It is a serious condition that can cause long term vision impairment, which is why it is vital that a person receives a diagnosis as soon as possible and begins treatment.

Uveitis is an inflammation of the middle layer of the eye known as the uvea, which is a vascular, fibrous layer that protects the eye and plays an integral role in nourishing the eye.

The uvea is made up of three main parts of the eye (the iris, the ciliary body and the choroid) and uveitis developed when any one part becomes inflamed.

At Optilase Northern Ireland, an eye consultation will examine the internal parts of the eyes that are invisible to the naked eye but would show evidence of uveitis being present.

Types of uveitis

Anterior uveitis – This common form of the condition affects the iris and the adjacent tissue known as the ciliary body.

Intermediate uveitis – When the area behind the ciliary body becomes inflamed alongside the part of the retina.

Posterior uveitis – This is the more rare form of uveitis that affects the choroid at the back of the eye, which can in turn affect the retina and/or optic nerve.

What are the main causes of uveitis?

  • Uveitis can be autoimmune related; whereby the body’s immune system triggered the inflammation.
  • An internal infection (bacterial, fungal, viral) located inside the eye
  • Eye trauma or any injury sustained by the eye

How uveitis can affect vision

Uveitis can develop quite quickly with a person experiencing redness and eye pain, or else it can manifest quite slowly with little pain or redness. Usually the condition is recognizable by these two main symptoms as well as blurred vision and/or over-sensitivity to light.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it may be worthwhile to arrange for an eye expert at Optilase Northern Ireland to examine your eyes in order to diagnose or rule out uveitis.

Uveitis is a treatable condition but in order to reduce the effect it can have on a person’s eyesight it require immediate treatment as left untreated, uveitis can potentially lead to the development of other serious conditions such as glaucoma or cataracts.

To schedule a consultation at any Optilase clinic in Northern Ireland, call 08000 121 565 or use the online booking form.