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Uveitis

What is uveitis?
Uveitis is an inflammation of the uvea.  The uvea is the front part of the eye.  It includes the iris, which is the colored part of the eye, and the parts right next to and behind the iris.   Uveitis may hurt a lot of parts of the eye.  It may last as long as six weeks, or it may last a shorter time. 

What causes uveitis?
Inflammation can be caused by germs or by injury to the eye.

What kind of vision do people have who have uveitis?
Uveitis causes blurred vision.  It be hard to see in bright light.  The eyes may be watery and achy or very painful.  When the sickness is healed, the vision may still be blurry.  Other vision problems may come because of uveitis.  You can look them up on this website.  They include scotomas, glaucoma and cataracts.

What will help you if you have uveitis?

  1. See a doctor to help heal the uveitis.  Eye drops and other medicine may help you.
If another eye problem starts, talk to the doctor about taking care of that problem.  Look up the problem on this website and find things that will help you if you have lost vision.

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