Inflammation in the middle layer of the eye's tissue (uveitis) often develops without an identifiable underlying cause. This condition can be painful, but there is treatment available. At Slingsby and Huot Eye Care Associates, we're here to provide top-notch ophthalmology care to our patients in Rapid City, Pierre, Belle Fourche, Spearfish, SD, and Chadron, NE.
What Is Uveitis?
Uveitis is an eye inflammation that results in pain and redness. Some people who develop the condition also experience vision changes.
Uveitis affects the middle layer of the eye. You can't see this part of the eye in the mirror. It's located behind the iris. When you experience uveitis, you may keep looking at your iris to see if something is in your eye or if you notice something wrong.
If you're experiencing eye pain, seeing our eye doctor immediately is important. Some cases of uveitis can cause blindness. Early treatment is key to preventing the lasting effects of this condition.
Symptoms of Uveitis
Not all people experience eye inflammation in the same way. Your symptoms may differ depending on whether your uveitis results from an eye infection, injury, or other health issue. Common symptoms of uveitis include:
- Eye pain
- Eye redness
- Blurred vision
- Lessened visual acuity
- Sensitivity to light
Many people who experience uveitis find symptoms rapidly deteriorating. This condition can occur in one or both eyes.
When you come to our eye doctor for uveitis treatment, you'll undergo tests to help our ophthalmologist understand what's happening with your eye.
Our practice will ask questions about your symptoms and assess your vision. Our doctor may numb your eye to test the pressure within your eye and dilate your pupil to get a better view of what's happening behind your iris.
If our doctor diagnoses you with uveitis, you may prescribe certain drugs to fight inflammation, kill bacteria, or control viruses in the eye. Try different medications before finding the right uveitis option.
We're Here to Help with Red Eyes or Inflammation
The choice of treatment depends on the type and underlying cause of uveitis. It's essential to seek prompt medical attention if you suspect uveitis or are experiencing eye discomfort or vision changes. Untreated uveitis can lead to serious complications, including vision loss, cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal damage. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical for the best possible outcomes.
At Slingsby and Huot Eye Care Associates, we proudly serve Rapid City, Pierre, Belle Fourche, Spearfish, SD, and Chadron, NE. Our team is here to meet all your eye care needs. Contact us at (605) 719-9499 to make an appointment.