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Eye Diseases and Conditions

Picture of Uveitis

Picture of Uveitis

Uveitis is inflammation of the middle portion of the eye, the uvea. Inflammation may be due to viral, fungal, bacterial, or parasitic infection. The uvea is rich in blood vessels that supply other parts of the eye essential for vision. For this reason, uveitis is serious and it should be evaluated and treated promptly. Some cases of uveitis are due to inflammatory processes not caused by an infection. Steroid drops may be prescribed in these cases. For infectious uveitis, the ophthalmologist may prescribe antibiotics. Uveitis may cause photophobia (light sensitivity). Wearing dark glasses will help minimize this uncomfortable symptom.

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Text Reference: National Eye Institute: "Facts About Uveitis"