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When inflammation affects the eyes, it is called different things depending on which part of the eye it affects (the iris or the uvea). (Also see Scleroderma Eye Involvement, What is Scleroderma?, Types of Scleroderma, Systemic Sclerosis and Sjogren's Syndrome)
Uveitis. Uveitis is inflammation of the uvea, which is the vascular layer of the eye sandwiched between the retina and the white of the eye (sclera). The uvea extends toward the front of the eye and consists of the iris, choroid layer and ciliary body. The most common type of uveitis is an inflammation of the iris called iritis (anterior uveitis). MayoClinic.
What causes Uveitis? Uveitis has many potential causes, including infection with a virus, fungus, bacteria or parasite, inflammatory disease affecting other parts of the body, or injury to the eye. MedicineNet.com
Symptoms of Uveitis. Lists of signs, symptoms and characteristics of uveitis. MayoClinic.
Treatments and Drugs. If uveitis is caused by an underlying condition, treatment will focus on treating that specific condition. The goal of treatment is to reduce the inflammation in your eye. MayoClinic.
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