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Uveitis - Eye Inflammation

Anterior uveitis is often called iritis because it primarily affects the iris. The ciliary body may also become inflamed. Iritis is the most common form of uveitis and accounts for around 75 patients in 100. It is usually the least severe form and the most easily treated. Most cases of iritis usually last for a few days or weeks. An attack of iritis may occur only once but, more commonly, recurs regularly.

Intermediate uveitis

This affects the area just behind the ciliary body. Also called pars planitis, intermediate uveitis can extend to the retina.

Posterior uveitis

This is inflammation of the back of the eye and can also affect the retina. Posterior uveitis is often chronic, and recurring episodes may last for months and sometimes years.

Signs of Uveitis

  • Eye redness, particularly around the edge or the iris
  • Eye discomfort or pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Increased tear production
  • sensitivity to light
  • Black dots (floaters) in the field of vision, which can be very annoying
  • Smaller-than-normal pupil size

Some images and information provided courtesy of RANZCO and Mi-tec Medical Publishing. The complete RANZCO patient education pamphlet is available from your ophthalmologist.