Uveitis Specialist

Eye Care Physicians & Surgeons PC -  - Ophthalmologist

Eye Care Physicians & Surgeons PC

Ophthalmologists located in Woodstock, VA & Winchester, VA

If you’ve lately been suffering from blurred vision, red eye, and pain, you might have uveitis or ocular inflammation. Prevent complications, such as permanent vision loss, by seeking medical attention with Alla Hynes, MD, and her team at Eye Care Physicians & Surgeons PC in Woodstock and Winchester, Virginia. When dealing with inflammation of the eye, every minute counts, so book an appointment online or over the phone today.

Uveitis Q & A

What is uveitis?

Uveitis, also known as ocular inflammation, is the inflammation of the uvea, or the eye wall’s middle tissue layer. The condition mostly affects men and women ages 20-50.

The uvea helps carry blood into the deep layers of the retina. Inside the uvea are a number of important parts of the eye, including the choroid, the iris, and the ciliary body. On either side of the uvea are the retina and the sclera.

Any of the parts of the uvea can become inflamed, creating a different type of uveitis. The different types of uveitis include:

  • Anterior uveitis (iritis), or the inflammation of the iris and the area in between the iris and cornea
  • Intermediate uveitis (cyclitis), or the inflammation of the ciliary body
  • Posterior uveitis (Choroiditis and retinitis), or inflammation of the choroid and retina
  • Panuveitis (diffuse uveitis), or the inflammation of all the layers of the uvea

Uveitis can have a number of causes, including injury, autoimmune disease, infection, or inflammatory disease. Sometimes, it has no known cause.

What are the symptoms of uveitis?

The warning signs of uveitis, which usually appear suddenly, include red eye, eye pain, and blurred vision. After that, it can develop other symptoms, including:

  • Loss of vision
  • Floaters (dark, floating spots) in your vision
  • Light sensitivity

If you experience the warning signs of uveitis, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. The quicker you get help, the less likely you will experience serious or permanent damage to your eyes.

Do I have to go to the doctor for uveitis?

Uveitis doesn’t go away on its own, so if you believe you’re suffering from it, it’s very important that you see a doctor. If you ignore it, uveitis can lead to complications, such as:

  • Permanent sight damage
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Retinal detachment
  • Optic nerve damage

How do you diagnose uveitis?

If Dr. Hynes suspects you have uveitis, she will conduct a few tests to confirm it, possibly including:

  • An eye exam
  • Blood tests
  • Eye fluid analysis
  • Evaluation of retinal blood flow
  • Measurement of retinal tissue thickness

After that, Dr. Hynes will tell you whether or not you have uveitis and, if so, what’s causing it. From there, she’ll talk to you about treatment options.

If you suspect you have uveitis, book an appointment online or over the phone with Eye Care Physicians & Surgeons PC today.