Uveitis is an inflammatory condition within the eye. When a person contracts uveitis, inflammation of the uvea becomes so severe that it interferes with the function of blood vessels whose job it is to supply oxygen and nutrients to the iris, ciliary body, and choroid.
The uvea is a layer of tissue composed largely of blood vessels that support and nourish many important parts of the eye, including the retina (the light-sensing layer of tissue that lines the inside back part of the eye). The uvea also includes the iris, which is the tissue that gives the eye its distinctive color and regulates the amount of light reaching the retina.
Ergo, when the eye isn't properly receiving the nutrients and oxygen it needs, the inflammation can cause tissue damage to these major areas of eye structure, thus putting you at risk for vision loss. If you are eye experiencing inflammation and normal treatment methods like taking anti-inflammatories and cold compresses aren't working, we strongly advise you to see your eye specialist as soon as possible to discover if uveitis is the deeper cause!
Contracting uveitis does not happen easily. Here are a few ways that one may develop uveitis:
If you feel that you may be suffering from uveitis, be on the lookout for the following symptoms and, should you be experiencing any of these, seek eye treatment with your trusted team of eye doctors:
If you suspect that you are suffering from uveitis, the first thing you have to do is visit your eye doctor. He or she will carefully take down your medical history, your recent activity (for instance, whether you've been in an accident that involved trauma to the eye), and will administer an eye exam. Since uveitis is not always caused by a physical accident and may be the symptom of another underlying disease or infection, you may need to supply your eye doctor with blood samples and elect to take an x-ray exam. Following these tests, you will consult your eye doctor on what the diagnosis is and what treatment should follow.
As previously stated, having uveitis may result in permanent damage to your eyes, such as loss of vision. That being said, once you've been diagnosed with uveitis, treatment will begin immediately. Corticosteroids are used to reduce the swelling of the eye and may be delivered via eye drops or injections. In serious cases, oral or intravenous medications will need to be administered in order to quickly and drastically reduce inflammation.
Whether you're in need of a routine check-up or are suffering from an eye injury that's causing you stress, we invite you to come down to one of our 13 offices and schedule a consultation or an appointment with us. Currently we are available for eye treatments in Pensacola, Crestview, Fort Walton Beach, Panama City, The Villages, Gainesville, and Inverness, Florida. Our Alabama offices include Mobile, Foley, and Fairhope. Lastly, we are proud to treat you in Biloxi, Mississippi as well! You can call us at 1-855-573-8462 or contact us online!
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