Uveitis and vision loss: Tips for maintaining independence
Uveitis, a form of eye inflammation that affects the middle layer of tissue (uvea) in your eye, can cause vision loss. With treatment, you might recover your vision. However, if you have recurrent, severe uveitis, uveitis that affects the back of your eye (posterior uveitis) or uveitis that affects all layers of your uvea (panuveitis), you are more likely to experience permanent vision loss.
If you face the possibility of vision loss due to uveitis, you probably have concerns about how to continue doing daily tasks and the things you love. Your doctor and a vision rehabilitation counselor can help you develop strategies to maintain your independence.
For mild to moderate vision loss
If your vision loss is mild to moderate, there are many ways to effectively use your remaining vision. For example, you can:
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- Increase the brightness of your lighting
- Change the lettering of your reading materials to large, bold type
See more In-depth
- Coping with vision loss. American Foundation for the Blind. http://www.visionaware.org/info/emotional-support/coping-with-vision-loss/12. Accessed Oct. 19, 2016.
- National eye health education program — See well for a lifetime. National Eye Institute. https://nei.nih.gov/nehep/programs/visionandaging/toolkit/module3. Accessed Oct. 24. 2016.
- What causes vision loss from uveitis? Prevent Blindness. http://www.preventblindness.org/what-causes-vision-loss-uveitis. Accessed Oct. 24, 2016.
- Roberts D. A self-help guide to non-visual skills. Prevent Blindness. http://lowvision.preventblindness.org/publications/a-self-help-guide-to-non-visual-skills/. Accessed Oct. 24, 2016.