Inflammation of The Iris – What Are The Dangers of Iritis?

Inflammation Of The IrisAnterior uveitis, more commonly referred to as iritis because it commonly affects the colored part of the eye, is a condition in which the middle part of the eye becomes inflamed. Usually the origins of this condition are idiopathic in nature; however the ailment has been associated with many conditions including herpes zoster infection, rheumatoid arthritis, tuberculosis and even AIDS.

As with any many eye conditions, people commonly become very alarmed because symptoms of this fragile organ are usually much more pronounced than other parts of the body. Inflammation of the iris has symptoms that progress rapidly because of the seriousness of symptoms, panic can quickly ensue. Iritis symptoms can include eye pain, blurry vision, dark floaters, light sensitivity and redness of the eye. It is important that if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of iritis that you see an eye care professional as soon as possible.

Inflammation of the iris is treated in many ways, but if your iritis is caused by an underlying problem such as disease, it is important that the condition be managed in conjunction with iritis treatment. Even with treatment and once the condition is cleared, iritis can and often does recur. Eye drops for pupil dilation, dark glasses and steroid eye drops can be used to treat iritis. Oral steroids may also be prescribed.

Iritis is usually mild, but in the case of posterior uveitis, a similar condition that affects the back part of the uvea (the middle part of the eye) as opposed to the iris which lies in the front, treatment can last for months or years and can cause permanent damage to the vision. Inflammation of the iris however has a much fairer prognosis and although relapses are possible as with chronic iritis, the condition and treatment are less serious.
If you have any signs or symptoms associated with inflammation of the iris, it is very important to see your health care provider. Although normally mild and treatable, complications of iritis can include cataracts and glaucoma and it should be evaluated and treated by a health care professional.

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