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Definition of Iritis
The Symptoms of Iritis Include
- Irritation and a “gritty” sensation in the eye
- Redness of the eye
- Photophobia (sensitivity to bright light)
- Blurry vision
- Excessive tearing
The ophthalmologist can diagnose iritis based on the appearance of the iris and the eye, though will additionally perform a slit lamp examination to look for involvement of other structures of the eye.
When the cause of the inflammation is systemic, the ophthalmologist may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications such as corticosteroids or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids). Treatment usually resolves the symptoms without residual vision impairment.
Untreated or recurrent iritis can have long-lasting effects on vision, including increased intraocular pressure.
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