Your risk of developing iritis increases if you:
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- Have a specific genetic alteration. People with HLA-B27, a specific change in a gene that's essential for healthy immune system function, are more likely to develop iritis.
- Develop a sexually transmitted infection. Certain infections, such as syphilis or HIV/AIDs, are linked with a significant risk of iritis.
- Live in certain geographic locations where infectious causes are more prevalent, for instance, in the U.S. in the Ohio or Mississippi river valleys where histoplasmosis — a fungal infection — occurs more frequently.
- Have a compromised immune system or autoimmune disorder.
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- Care of the patient with anterior uveitis. American Optometric Association. http://www.aoa.org/search?q=iritis&site=AOA_org&client=AOAorg&filter=0&oe=UTF-8&ie=UTF-8&output=xml_no_dtd&sort=date%3AD%3AL%3Ad1&entqr=3&sort=date%3AD%3AL%3Ad1&searchpage=search. Accessed Sept. 9, 2013.