Uveitis - Inner Eye Infection or Inflammation
The inflammation may involve all or part of the uvea. There are specific types of the condition depending on the part of the uvea involved.. Anterior uveitis is the most common form of the condition. It is usually limited to an inflammation of the iris. Autoimmune disorders are a risk factor for anterior uveitis. Anterior uveitis may last from a few days to weeks with treatment. However, recurrence is common.
Intermediate uveitis involves the area between the iris and the choroid. It occurs most frequently in young men and is generally not associated with any other disease.
Posterior uveitis primarily involves the choroid. It may also affect the retina in a condition called chorioretinitis. Posterior uveitis may be associated with a systemic infection or an autoimmune disease. Posterior uveitis can last from months to years. It can result in areas of vision loss and permanent blindness.
Am I at Risk
People with any of these conditions are at risk depending on the disease process they have. Uveitis can also occur in people who otherwise appear and feel perfectly well. Most cases of uveitis occur without a known cause.
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