How Does Uveitis Affect Your Vision?
Uveitis can affect just a single eye or both. And how long it lasts also varies from short to prolonged periods. It may even recur. Fortunately, because the symptoms are obvious and immediate, uveitis can be quickly diagnosed.
Because uveitis is made of different parts, the type of uveitis you have will depend on which part is inflamed.
The different parts of the uvea are:
Iris. This is the pigmented part of the eye that controls the amount of light that the retina receives.
Ciliary body. The ciliary body is the part of the eyes which provides oxygen and nutrients to the outer layers of the eye.
Choroid coat. More simply known as choroid or choroidea, this is the layer of the eye that contains the connective tissues and blood vessels that surround the exterior layer of the eye.
As listed above, the uvea and its individual parts are very important, and any damage to even a single part of the uvea can be very serious and have negative, long-lasting effects. This is why when diagnosed, uveitis treatment must be performed as soon as possible to prevent any complications.
Types of Uveitis
There are several types of uveitis. And the following are:
This type of uveitis occurs in the front of the eye and affects the iris. It is the most common type of uveitis, making up a third of all cases, and usually only occurs in one eye.
Unfortunately, anyone, even healthy individuals, can be affected by anterior uveitis. There are links to some other diseases such as rheumatologic and other infectious diseases as these can cause inflammation in parts of the body, which may also affect the eyes.