What is it?

Anterior uveitis is a relatively common inflammation of the eye. It occurs in the middle (anterior) layer of the eye. It can affect the iris (colored part of the eye) as well as the tissue that surrounds it. If untreated, it can lead to blindness and more serious vision issues such as glaucoma or cataracts.

How does it happen?

It is not always possible to narrow down an exact cause of anterior uveitis. Inflammation can happen as a result of trauma to the eye. It can also be a symptom of an unrelated health condition such as rheumatoid arthritis or a complication from another eye disease.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms are often similar to those of other eye infections. Some of these symptoms may include:

  • Eye redness
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurred vision
  • Eye soreness
  • Headaches
  • Smaller pupils

What are my risk factors?

You may be more likely to develop anterior uveitis if you have an existing bacterial infection or if you have recently experienced trauma to the eye.

How is it diagnosed and treated?

Anterior uveitis can be diagnosed by viewing the eye under a magnifier and a bright light. Other laboratory tests may be required to distinguish it from other infections or causes.

Treatment of the inflammation can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the severity. The treatment typically includes both anti-inflammatory drugs in combination with prescription eye drops to dilate the pupils.

How can I prevent it from happening?

Since exact causes are hard to pinpoint, anterior uveitis is not necessarily preventable.

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