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What is Uvea?

The layer of tissue beneath the white of the eye or sclera is known as the Uvea. It is the middle of the three layer of eye consisting of iris, ciliary body and choroids. This layer is related to the proper vision. The inflammation of uvea is known as Uveitis. The causes for this ailment in the eye are underlined as below.

  • Injury in the eye
  • Exposure to toxic and excessive chemicals such as pesticides etc
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The different types of Uveitis are

Anterior uveitis

This is the inflammation of the iris (iritis) or the iris and ciliary body.

Intermediate uveitis

This is the inflammation of the ciliary body.

Posterior uveitis

This is the inflammation of the choroid.

Diffuse uveitis

This is the inflammation of all areas of the uvea.

Symptoms of Uveitis

The symptoms of Uveitis includes

  • Light sensitivity
  • Decreased visual acuity
  • Pain in the eye
  • Redness in eyes
  • Severe sensitivity to light
  • Blurry vision
  • Floaters in the eye

Causes of Uveitis

A number of factors are responsible for causing Uveitis. Infections, surgeries etc are the most common ones. Uveitis is caused by inflammatory response inside the eye. Uveitis can be caused by

  • Autoimmunity where there is an attack from the body's own immune system
  • Infections in the eye
  • Tumors
  • Any sort of injury to the eye
  • Inflammatory disorders, such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

Diagnosis and Treatment

A number of tests are performed on the eye to detect the presence of uveitis. The various test performed on the eye includes

  • Visual clarity tests
  • Eye pressure tests
  • Dilating your eyes to check the inside health of it.

The doctor who tests your eye for Uveitis uses a special kind of microscope called a SLIT-LAMP to examine the patient’s eye and help him to detect the signs which conform that you are suffering from uveitis.

"Uvea is the biggest pigmented part of your eyes; the other one being the macula (on the retina). All the other parts are colourless."