Anterior Uveitis

(Uveitis; Iritis; Iridocyclitis)

Definition

Anterior uveitis is inflammation of the front segment of the uvea. The uvea is the middle layer of the eye. Anterior uveitis affects the iris and ciliary body. It is a potentially serious condition. It requires care from your doctor to prevent vision loss.
Normal Anatomy of the Eye
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Causes

In most cases, the cause of anterior uveitis is unknown. However in some, it may be caused by trauma or an infection. Infections associated with anterior uveitis include:

Risk Factors

Anterior uveitis may be more likely to occur in people with other health problems and autoimmune disorders, such as

Symptoms

Anterior uveitis may cause:
  • Red, sore, and watering eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Pupil that is small or irregular in shape
Symptoms of Uveitis—Red, Sore, Watering Eyes
Eye Inflammation
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