Uveitis: how to recognize the symptoms


By Dr. Jean E. Keamy

Uveitis is inflammation in the layer of tissue situated between the retina and the sclera (the white of the eye). The middle layer, the uvea, is comprised of three parts: the iris (the colored part of the eye), the ciliary body (which makes the fluid within the eye) and the choroid (a layer of blood vessels that nourishes the retina and other important parts of the eye).

keamy_hsAnterior uveitis, the most common form, involves the iris and ciliary body. Intermediate uveitis affects the vitreous humor (the clear gel that fills the eye). Posterior uveitis affects the retina or choroid at the back of the eye.

Symptoms include blurred vision, eye pain, eye redness, photosensitivity and dark floaters.

Uveitis can result in scarring and blindness if left untreated so anyone experiencing these symptoms should immediately see an ophthalmologist.

Dr. Jean Keamy is a board certified ophthalmologist. She owns Keamy Eye & Laser Centre and can be reached at 508-836-8733. Learn more at www.seemedrkeamy.com or www.facebook.com/Keamyeye Archives of articles from previous issues can be read on www.fiftyplusadvocate.com.