Answers from Alaina L. Softing Hataye, O.D.
Is there a cure for uveitis?
There is no cure for uveitis, a form of eye inflammation that affects the middle layer of tissue (uvea) in your eye.
Sometime uveitis responds to treatment and doesn't recur. However, even after uveitis has been successfully treated, the condition can come back. How uveitis affects you depends on the severity, location and cause of the inflammation.
Uveitis that affects the front of your eye (anterior uveitis) tends to respond more quickly to treatment than does uveitis that affects the ciliary body (intermediate uveitis), the back of the eye (posterior uveitis) or all layers of the uvea (panuveitis). Severe inflammation is more likely to cause permanent damage than mild or moderate inflammation. The most severe forms of uveitis can recur many times.
As your uveitis improves during treatment, your doctor will talk to you about the need for follow-up exams to monitor your condition and the occurrence of any side effects caused by your medications. If you've been treated successfully for uveitis and your symptoms appear to be recurring, make an appointment with your doctor.
Nov. 08, 2016
Alaina L. Softing Hataye, O.D.
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