Uveitis (you-vee-EYE-tis) is an irritation and swelling of the middle layer of the coats of the eye. This layer is called the uvea. Uveitis may develop suddenly and can scar the eye or lead to blindness.

Symptoms of Uveitis

  • Pain in your eye
  • Eye redness
  • Vision becomes suddenly blurry

Types of Uveitis

  • Iritis: when the front part of the uvea is swollen or inflamed
  • Cyclitis: when the middle layer is inflamed
  • Choroiditis: an inflammation of the back part of the uvea

Treatment for Uveitis

  • Eye drops can reduce the swelling in the eye
  • Corticosteroids and pupil dilators will lessen the pain and redness in the eye
  • If swelling is severe, your doctor may give you a shot or oral medicine

A thorough eye examination is necessary to diagnose uveitis. Dr. Dhanu Meleth and Dr. Lakshmana Kooragayala have completed uveitis fellowships and are two of the few specialists in the state of Georgia who are able to diagnose and treat this condition. Prior to diagnosis, they may order blood tests, skin tests, or x-rays to determine whether you have uveitis or another condition. Since uveitis can be caused by illnesses in other parts of the body, your uveitis specialist will want to know about your overall health and may consult with your primary care physician or other specialists.

If you have any symptoms of uveitis, call us today at (770) 427-8111 or text us at (770) 427-0400 to schedule your eye exam.

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