Consultant Ophthalmologist,
Cataract & Refractive Surgeon

BMedSci BM BS MRCS MRCSEd MRCOpth FRCOphth MMedLaw PgD Cataract & Refractive Surgery

Iritis

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What's going on?

You have inflammation of the iris (the coloured bit of the eye). It is usually due to an autoimmune problem ie. your bodies immune system reacting against its own tissue. The inflammation within the front of the eye causes redness, mildly blurred vision and painful reaction to light (called photophobia).

What will my ophthalmologist see?

We can see and assess the degree on inflammation.

What will my ophthalmologist do for me?

We will treat the inflammation and carry out investigations as appropriate.

What can I do?

Use the treatment we give you and come and see us for follow-up.

What do I need to know?

In most cases the cause is unknown and its just bad luck to get it. Very rarely it is related to other systemic causes. It will get better with the treatment but can unfortunately come back again even years later. Long-term steroids can cause glaucoma or cataracts and so should be avoided if possible.

You tend to recognise the symptoms quite early (it is quite a distinct feeling) and they can usually give you a clue early on that it is coming back.