Inflammation of the middle layer of the eye, consisting of the iris, ciliary body, and choroids. The most common type is anterior uveitis, which affects the iris. It occurs most frequently in people ages 20 to 50.

Symptoms of Uveitis

  • Mild to strong pain
  • Redness
  • Light sensitivity
  • Blurred vision
  • Floaters

Causes of Uveitis

  • Trauma to the eye
  • Infectious or immunological systemic disorder
  • Viral, fungal, or bacterial infections

Treatment of Uveitis

  • Steroids to reduce the inflammation of the eye
  • Pupil-dilating eye drops to reduce pain
  • Treating the systemic condition that causes uveitis
  • A drug implant that delivers a sustained dose of medication

Get EyeSmart

Visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s webpage on Uveitis.