If one or both of your eyes suddenly become red and painful, you may have uveitis, an infection of your middle eye. At Retina Specialists in Dallas, DeSoto, Plano, Mesquite, and Waxahachie, Texas, the highly experienced ophthalmologists provide expert diagnosis and treatment for uveitis to heal your eyes and protect your vision. If you’re concerned about uveitis or other eye infections, call your nearest office or make an appointment online today.
Uveitis is an eye infection that affects your uvea — the middle part of your eye. Your uvea holds many of the blood vessels that nourish your eyes. Uveitis causes a variety of disruptive symptoms, including:
There are three types of uveitis: Anterior, intermediate, and posterior. Anterior uveitis affects the front of your uvea and can last up to eight weeks. Intermediate uveitis affects the middle part of your uvea, and the symptoms tend to come and go for months or years. Posterior uveitis affects the back of your uvea. It usually develops gradually with symptoms lasting for years.
In many cases, ophthalmologists can’t identify a specific cause of uveitis. However, you may develop uveitis if you:
Regardless of the cause of uveitis, it’s essential to get treatment. When left untreated, uveitis can lead to complications such as optic nerve damage and retinal detachment, which can lead to permanent vision loss.
Your ophthalmologist at Retina Specialists begins treatment with a comprehensive eye exam and tests to confirm your diagnosis. For example, your doctor may order blood work as well as analysis of fluid from your eye.
Your Retina Specialists ophthalmologist provides medicated eye drops to fight the infection in your eye. Depending on your specific needs, your eye drops may reduce inflammation, fight bacterial and viral infections, or suppress your immune system.
In severe cases, your ophthalmologist may recommend a surgical procedure. For example, they may place an implant in your eye to slowly release medication or a vitrectomy to remove damaged vitreous humor gel.
If your uveitis is due to an underlying condition such as rheumatoid arthritis, you should work with your physician to manage your disease and reduce its effects on your eye.
If you’re concerned about your eye health or think that you have an eye infection like uveitis, call Retina Specialists or schedule a consultation online today.