What Does Uveitis Pain Feel Like?

Uveitis is inflammation of the eye’s middle layer — the uvea. A healthy uvea is vital to maintaining a normal blood supply to the retina of the eye. The retina is the light-sensitive membrane that lines the back of the eyes and transmits light to the optic nerve and the brain. Uveitis can occur in one or both eyes. If untreated, uveitis can damage tissue in the eye, which may result in reduced vision or vision loss.

The cause of uveitis is often unknown, but in some cases, uveitis can be due to an infection, injury or from an autoimmune disorder. In an autoimmune disorder, the body’s immune system mistakes the tissues of the eye as foreign and potentially dangerous to the body and attacks them. 

One of the signs of uveitis is eye pain. This is typically a sharp pain. Uveitis pain may come on suddenly, or it may be slow in onset with little pain, but gradual blurring of vision. 

Other symptoms of uveitis may include:

  • Burning
  • Redness
  • Blurry vision 
  • Floaters 
  • Discharge 
  • Deep eye pain 
  • Irregular pupil
  • Headaches
  •        Pruritus (itching)
  • Photophobia (sensitivity to light)

     Treatments for uveitis focus on reducing inflammation and pain, preventing tissue damage and counteracting vision loss. A doctor may recommend:

  • Corticosteroid injections or drops
  • Oral immunosuppressive medication
  • Anti-inflammatory eye drops or oral medication

If not diagnosed and treated promptly, complications of uveitis can be serious. Complications can include cataracts, glaucoma and blindness. 

Uveitis is considered an ophthalmic emergency and requires a thorough examination by an optometrist or ophthalmologist and urgent treatment to control the inflammation. Our doctors in Phoenix are able to diagnose and treat uveitis and other vision problems. If you are experiencing eye pain or having other symptoms of uveitis contact Associated Retina Consultants at 602-242-4928 or website right away to schedule an appointment.

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