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What is Uveitis?

Uveitis can occur when the middle layer of your eyeball called the Uvea becomes red and swollen. The Uvea contains the many blood vessels that provide nourishment to your eye. If blood vessels 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. This may include swelling of the uvea in the:

  • Front of the eye
  • Middle of the eye
  • Or 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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