Uveitis Diagnosis and Treatment – Urgent Medical Care Provided in Las Vegas

Uveitis is responsible for 10% of all blindness in the United States. It requires urgent medical care, which we provide in our Las Vegas offices

What is Uveitis?

Uveitis is the inflammation of the uvea, the pigmented middle layer of the eye, although the term may also refer to any inflammation of the interior of the eye. Uveitis is an extremely serious condition. It is estimated that it is responsible for approximately 10 percent of all blindness cases in the United States, and it requires urgent medical attention from an eye doctor or ophthalmologist.

What Causes Uveitis?

The majority of uveitis cases have no known cause, but diseases in other parts of the body, such as multiple sclerosis or arthritis, can lead to uveitis. An infection inside the eye, such as brucellosis, leptospirosis, syphilis, tuberculosis or herpes, may also lead to uveitis, as the immune system responds to the infection. Thus it’s extremely important to regularly undergo a comprehensive eye exam to diagnose these infections early on.

What Are the Symptoms of Uveitis?

Some common symptoms of uveitis include blurry vision, sensitivity to light, severe redness of the eye, and eye pain. Some patients also experience floaters, which are dark spots that appear to float in your vision. If you have any of these symptoms, and they don’t seem to go away, it’s recommended that you see your ophthalmologist as soon as possible.

Can Uveitis Be Treated?

Uveitis can be treated, and it should be diagnosed and treated right away, or serious complications such as cataracts, glaucoma or even permanent vision loss can occur. Uveitis is typically treated with glucocorticoid steroids, administered either as eye drops or oral tablets. Topical cycloplegics, such as homatropine, may also be used.

Uveitis is a very serious disease that should be treated by an eye doctor as soon as possible. We have an excellent staff of board-certified ophthalmologists at our Las Vegas offices who are available to diagnose and treat your uveitis.