Anterior uveitis is an inflammation of the middle layer of the eye, which includes the iris (colored part
of the eye) and adjacent tissue, known as the ciliary body. If untreated, it can cause permanent damage
and loss of vision from the development of glaucoma, cataract or retinal edema. It usually responds well
to treatment; however, there may be a tendency for the condition to recur. Treatment usually includes
prescription eye drops, which dilate the pupils, in combination with anti-inflammatory drugs. Treatment
usually takes several days, or up to several weeks, in some cases.
Signs/symptoms may include a red, sore and inflamed eye, blurring of vision, sensitivity to light and a
small pupil. Becuase the symptoms of anterior uveitis are similar to those of other eye diseases, your
optometrist will carefully examine the inside of your eye, under bright light and high magnification, to
determine the presence and severity of the condition. Your optometrist may also perform or arrange for
other diagnostic tests to help pinpoint the cause.