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What is Uveitis?

Uveitis is what happens when the middle layer of your eyeball called the Uvea becomes red and swollen. The Uvea is what contains the many blood vessels that provide nourishment to your eye. If there are blood vessels that become damaged, the injured tissue layer can cause you to temporarily or even worse, permanently lose your vision.

What are the different types of Uveitis?

The different types of Uveitis depend on the part of the eye that they live in.

  • Swelling of the uvea near the front of the eye
  • Swelling of the uvea near the middle of the eye
  • Swelling of the uvea toward the back of the eye

Symptoms can happen fast and suddenly, some of which include the following:

  • Bright red eyes without any feeling of pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Seeing “floaters” or moving particles across your eye that can cloud your vision.

What causes Uveitis?

Causes of contracting Uveitis are typically unknown, however, Doctors have studied that you are more likely to get uveitis if you have or have had certain infections, inflammatory diseases, eye injuries if you smoke cigarettes, and others. Some of which include:

  • Shingles
  • Herpes Simplex
  • Syphilis
  • Lyme Disease
  • Parasites
  • IBD
  • Rheumatoid arthritis or Lupus
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