Louis Clearkin
Tel: 0044 151 604 7047 L.Clearkin@liverpool.ac.uk

Uveitis

Uveitis is inflammation of the uvea, the part of the eye consisting of the iris, the choroid and the ciliary body.

Uveitis can be divided into four groups:

  • Anterior uveitis - affecting the front of the eye, including the iris and ciliary body.
  • Intermediate uveitis – affecting the middle of the eye
  • Posterior uveitis – affecting the choroid layer and often the retina.
  • Panuveitis – inflammation in the front and back of the eye.

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The condition can affect both eyes and seems to be increasingly prevalent. It has many causes, including trauma, infection, disease and underlying conditions. It often affects younger patients. For some patients, the cause may never be found, in others there may be a systemic disease like sarcoidosis or one of the HLAA-B27 positive group of diseases. The ideal management of uveitis centres on a correct diagnosis, which can be time-consuming and may require many investigations.

Its seriousness ranges from the very many cases which quickly settle, to the patients who suffer prolonged inflammation.

As well as the inflammation itself and the damage this can cause, other eye problems can arise in patients with uveitis, among them the development of a cataract, or a secondary glaucoma caused by a rise in the pressure inside the eye.

Treatment

The treatment for uveitis arising from non-infectious causes is aimed at dampening down the inflammation with steroids initially, moving on to steroid injections around and into the eye (see www.ozurdex.com/ for details). This new treatment may reduce the need for immunosuppressive drugs.

I am a specialist in the surgical management of cataracts and glaucoma which develop in patients who are suffering from uveitis.

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