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What percentage of Uveitis sufferers go completely blind?

If you have any idea, please let me know. I found out that I had Uveitis 4 or 5 years ago and already have minor vision problems (I'm 18), mostly blurriness. i also have a blind spot (bigger than normal) in my left eye and cant see very well if i'm looking only through my left eye. Also, can Visual Prosthesis be done on someone with Uveitis? Thanks

uveitis treated properly: very, very few "go blind". near zero.

UN-treated uveitis: a decent possibility of losing vision.

"visual prosthesis" is nowhere near practical application, but in theory it would only be used in someone with NO eye or a completely blind eye.  (+ info)

Can a person with scleritis and uveitis wear contact lenses?

In the last 2 years I have had bouts with scleritis and uveitis in my left eye.One time the doc told me I could wear contacts when I wasn't experiencing a flare up of either condition.Six weeks later he says that he never said that and I can't wear lenses.
I'm going for a second opinion Friday.I'm just curious if anyone has experience with this? Thanks

You shouldn't wear contacts if you have an eye infection. The risk of reinfection is really high
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what is the best treatment for uveitis of the eye?

there is a confusion amgst doctors regardingthe extreme pain that is generated due to viral kerato conjuctivitis followed by uveitis. the symptoms are extreme pain, photophobia , watering and redness.
it is very unbearable.Help!
the cornea is inflamed and eye pressure is very high.

DO NOT try to treat this by yourself. See your doctor or opthalmologist. The usual treatment includes cortisone eye drops and drops to relax the pupil, which are prescription only.  (+ info)

How long does it take to recover from Uveitis?

I have been suffering from it for nearly 2 weeks. And have been taking me prescribed medication as ordered to. The joint doctors are now saying I may have other imflammation somewhere in my joints, is this to worry about or all will be under control? Thanks heaps.

Hi Ciceri.

Sometimes uveitis can be difficult to control, especially if you have another systemic inflammatory process going on in your joints. And once the uveitis is controlled, sometimes an anti-inflammatory medication needs to be used to keep the flares from returning, which is quite common in uveitis, especially when combined with rheumatologic (inflammatory joints) processes.

Many of the immunosuppressive medications used for inflammatory joint diseases also help with uveitis, so work very closely with your rheumatologist and your eye doctor and have the two of them work together to find a treatment to help keep both your uveitis and joint inflammation under control.

Many uveitis patients that are seen by the uveitis specialist in my office also have simultaneous rheumatologic conditions (systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory arthritis) and my uveitis specialist works very closely with local rheumatologists to help the patient achieve and sustain both uveitis inflammation and systemic inflammation.

If you do have hard to control uveitis, your optometrist will likely refer you to a specialist. Expect frequent visits every 1-3 months until your uveitis is under control and every 3-6 months after that to watch for sustained remission and/or early signs of flares. For your inflammatory joint condition, you will most likely see your rheumatologist every 3-6 months until that is under control, and for lab work to closely watch for sustained remission and for the potential causes of both inflammatory conditions.

It may take a while to find the right dosing of your anti-inflammatory medications.  (+ info)

Diagnosed with Intermediate Uveitis and Macular Oedema - any advise?

Caused by Auto Immune Disorder. Lost central vision and will eventually loose sight altogether. Anyone also have the same condition and any tips for dealing with it?

Uveitis is inflammation of the uveal tract—the iris, ciliary body, and choroid. Most cases are idiopathic, but identifiable causes include various infections and systemic diseases, often autoimmune. Symptoms include decreased vision, pain, redness, photophobia, and floaters. Diagnosis is clinical, supplemented with laboratory and ancillary testing. Treatment depends on cause but typically includes topical or systemic corticosteroids with cycloplegic-mydriatic drugs and/or noncorticosteroid immunosuppressants. Infectious causes require antimicrobial therapy.
Intermediate uveitis refers to inflammation localized to the vitreous and peripheral retina.
Macular edema occurs when fluid and protein deposits collect on or under the macula of the eye, a yellow central area of the retina, causing it to thicken and swell. The swelling may distort a person's central vision, as the macula is near the center of the retina at the back of the eyeball. This area holds tightly packed cones that provide sharp, clear central vision to enable a person to see form, color, and detail that is directly in the line of sight.  (+ info)

Has anyone been diagnosed with uveitis?

I was diagnoses with uveitis about a month a go. I still see blurry with my eye and my doctor tells me that he can't be sure if my vision is going to be the same like it was before the inflammation he thinks that it affected the power of my eye. Has anyone had similar issues.

I have not been diagnosed with it, but you have to be carefull, I would keep going to your doctor every 3 mnths just in the event  (+ info)

My doctor wants me to go on chlorambucil to treat my uveitis for ten months?

its usually used for lumkemia has anyone ever been on it, if so what did you experience?

You're correct in that chlorambucil (Leukeran) is used to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia and also lymphomas and Hodgkin's disease. It's also usde to treat macroglobulinemia, nephrotic syndrome, Behcet's syndrome and....tah tah...intractable idiopathic uveitis.

Speak to your doctor about possible adverse effects including those that are common, less common and life-threatening.  (+ info)

what is posterior uveitis and what is the cause?

how long does the treatment last for and could it lead to blindness

In anterior uveitis, the inflammation is near the front of the eye and eye drops can reach the source of the inflammation.

In intermediate uveitis, eye drops may well be able to reach the area of inflammation and sometimes injections around the eye can also be used to “deliver” the drugs where they are needed, slightly further back in the eye.

In Posterior uveitis, the inflammation is at the back of the eye and drops simply won’t reach the affected area. This requires a different approach and this is why the same drugs, (usually a steroid) are taken systemically (in tablet form). If the posterior uveitis is caused by a virus then the same applies; the antiviral drug will be taken by tablet or injection, instead of by drops.  (+ info)

Anyone know anything about an eye condition called Uveitis and what causes it?

Uveitis is any inflammation inside the eye (including the iris, ciliary body, and vitreous). There are many things that can cause it, but often it happens for no apparent reason.  (+ info)

what is the different between pink eye and uveitis in th eye?

Pink eye is a bacterial infection also known as Conjunctivitis.  (+ info)

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