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Uveitis/Iritis and Infectious Disease
Iritis (i-RYE-tis) is swelling and irritation (inflammation) in the coloured ring around your eye’s pupil (iris). Another name for iritis is anterior uveitis.
The uvea is the middle layer of the eye between the retina and the white part of the eye. The iris is located in the front portion (anterior) of the uvea.
Iritis is the most common type of uveitis. Uveitis is inflammation of part of or all of the uvea. The cause is often unknown. It can result from an underlying condition or genetic factor.
If untreated, iritis could lead to Glaucoma or vision loss. See your doctor as soon as possible if you have symptoms of iritis.
- Eye redness
- Discomfort or achiness in the affected eye
- Sensitivity to light
- Decreased vision
See an eye specialist (ophthalmologist) as soon as possible if you have symptoms of iritis. Prompt treatment helps prevent serious complications. If you have eye pain and vision problems with other signs and symptoms, you might need urgent medical care.
Diagnosis is performed in one of our clinics and is usually treated with a steroid eye drop regime.