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Uveitis

Mikayla L. Spangler, PharmD, Laura K. Klug, PharmD and Michael Allen Greene, MD Reviewed 06/2020
 


BASICS

DESCRIPTION

  • A nonspecific term used to describe any intraocular inflammatory disorder

  • Symptoms vary depending on depth of involvement and associated conditions.

  • The uvea is the middle layer of the...

DIAGNOSIS

HISTORY

  • Decreased visual acuity

  • Pain, photophobia, blurring of vision (2)[C]

    • Usually acute

  • Anterior uveitis (~80% of patients with uveitis) (2)[C]

    • Generally acute in onset

    • Deep eye pain

    • Photophobia...

TREATMENT

GENERAL MEASURES

  • Outpatient care with urgent ophthalmologic consultation

  • Medical therapy is best initiated following full ophthalmologic evaluation.

  • Treatment of underlying cause, if identified

  • ...

ONGOING CARE

FOLLOW-UP RECOMMENDATIONS

Patient Monitoring

  • Complete history and physical to evaluate for associated systemic disease

  • Ophthalmologic follow-up as recommended by consultant

PATIENT EDUCATION

  • I...

REFERENCES

1
Yang MM, Lai TY, Luk FO, et al. The roles of genetic factors in uveitis and their clinical significance. Retina.  2014;34(1):1–11.
2
American Optometric Association. Optometric clinical...

ADDITIONAL READING

Majumder PD, Biswas J. Pediatric uveitis: an update. Oman J Ophthalmol.  2013;6(3):140–150. 

SEE ALSO

Conjunctivitis, Acute; Glaucoma, Primary Closed-Angle; Scleritis 

CODES

ICD10

  • H20.9 Unspecified iridocyclitis

  • H30.90 Unspecified chorioretinal inflammation, unspecified eye

  • H20.019 Primary iridocyclitis, unspecified eye

  • H20.039 Secondary infectious iridocyclitis, unspec...

CLINICAL PEARLS

  • Symptoms vary depending on depth of involvement and associated conditions but should be suspected when eye pain is associated with visual changes.

  • Severe or unresponsive uveitis may req...

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