Iritis is a type of eye inflammation that affects the iris, the colored part of the eye that surrounds the pupil. It can cause pain, redness, sensitivity to light, and blurred vision. Iritis can occur in one or both eyes and can affect people of all ages.
The exact cause of iritis is often unknown, but it can be associated with underlying conditions such as autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis, infections, or trauma to the eye. In some cases, iritis may occur spontaneously without any underlying cause.
If you experience any symptoms of iritis, it's important to see us for a comprehensive eye exam. We will examine your eyes, looking for signs of inflammation and other potential underlying conditions.
Treatment for iritis typically involves the use of eye drops to reduce inflammation and alleviate symptoms. These may include corticosteroids or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). In some cases, dilating eye drops may also be used to prevent the iris from sticking to the lens of the eye and causing further complications.
It's important to follow your doctor's instructions and continue using your eye drops as prescribed, even if your symptoms improve. Without treatment, iritis can lead to complications such as glaucoma, cataracts, or vision loss.
In addition to medical treatment, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of iritis. These include protecting your eyes from injury, practicing good hygiene to prevent infections, and managing underlying health conditions that may increase your risk.
By staying informed about the symptoms and treatment options for iritis, you can help protect your vision and maintain healthy eyes.