Because uveitis can be associated with autoimmune disorders and infections, the doctor may order lab tests to rule those out.

Symptoms of Uveitis

Uveitis can affect one or both eyes. Symptoms can develop rapidly and may include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Dark, floating spots in the vision (floaters)
  • Eye pain
  • Red eye
  • Sensitivity to light (photophobia)

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should be examined immediately by a Board Certified Retina Specialist at Retina Vitreous Associates immediately

The kinds of symptoms you experience will depend on the type of eye inflammation (uveitis) you have.

Iritis, or acute anterior uveitis, is characterized by eye pain, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, a small pupil, and redness.

Pars planitis, or intermediate uveitis, causes blurred vision and floaters and does not usually cause pain.

Posterior uveitis can produce vision loss and can only be detected during an eye examination.

How will my retina specialist detect Uveitis?

Your retinal opthalmologist will begin with a thorough examination and by recording your complete medical history. Because uveitis can be associated with autoimmune disorders and infections, the doctor may order laboratory tests to rule those out. If your doctor determines that you have pars planitis, they will perform a central nervous system evaluation to rule out the possibility of multiple sclerosis, a disease often associated with pars planitis.

To examine your eyes, your board-certified retina specialist will use one or more of the following tests:

Eye chart or visual acuity test: This test measures whether your vision has decreased.

Funduscopic exam: The doctor uses special drops to widen (dilate your pupil and then inspects the back of your eye with an instrument called an ophthalmoscope.

Ocular pressure: After numbing your eye, your Retina Vitreous Associates Board Certified Retinal Specialist will use a special instrument called a tonometer or tonopen to measure the pressure inside your eye.

Slit lamp exam: Your retinal ophthalmologist can use a slit lamp to inspect the front and back parts of the eye, and some lamps may be equipped with a tonometer to measure eye pressure. They may use a dye called fluorescein, which temporarily stains the eye and makes blood vessels easier to see.