Iritis treatment targets preserving vision and relieving pain and inflammation. If your iritis is associated with an underlying condition, treating that condition also is necessary.
Most often, treatment for iritis involves:
- Steroid eyedrops. Glucocorticoid medications, given as eyedrops, reduce inflammation.
- Dilating eyedrops. Eyedrops used to dilate your pupil can reduce pain associated with iritis. Dilating eyedrops also protect you from developing complications that interfere with your pupil's function.
If your symptoms don't clear up, or seem to get worse, your eye doctor might prescribe oral medications that include steroids or other anti-inflammatory agents. Your doctor will consider your overall condition before prescribing oral medications to treat your iritis.
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