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Ankylosing Spondylitis, Ophthalmologic Perspective (cont.)

Ankylosing Spondylitis May Cause Anterior Uveitis

About 30% of people with ankylosing spondylitis develop anterior uveitis sometime in the course of their disease. Anterior uveitis is an inflammation of the front part of the eye called the uvea, including the iris and ciliary body.

The cause of anterior uveitis is unknown; however, the immune response associated with ankylosing spondylitis that causes the spinal problems is most likely similar to the inflammation seen with anterior uveitis.

Many other possible causes of anterior uveitis exist, but when ankylosing spondylitis is present, the development of anterior uveitis is most likely related to ankylosing spondylitis.

What are the symptoms of anterior uveitis?

Patient Comments

The symptoms of anterior uveitis may include eye redness, light sensitivity (photophobia), tearing, eye pain, and blurred vision. Discharge from the eyes is uncommon. The eye pain associated with anterior uveitis is described as being deep and is made worse by bright light.

Eye symptoms usually develop over a few hours. Anterior uveitis associated with ankylosing spondylitis may occur in one eye or both eyes and tends to be recurrent.

Diagrams of the eye.
Diagrams of the eye. Click to view larger image.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/16/2016

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