Steroids are often prescribed to treat uveitis.

Treatment of Uveitis

How will my retina specialist treat my Uveitis?

How your doctor decides to treat your uveitis will depend on the kind of uveitis you have.

If you have iritis, or anterior uveitis, your retinal ophthalmologist may give you eye drops that dilate the pupil to prevent muscle spasms in the eye, and/or you may be prescribed eye drops that contain a steroid such as prednisone to reduce inflammation.

If you have pars planitis, posterior uveitis, or panuveitis, the doctor may treat it with steroidal anti-inflammatory medication that is injected around the eye, given by mouth, or possibly through time-release capsules surgically implanted in the eye. Before proceeding with these treatments, your retina specialist will ensure that you are not fighting an infection, as the medicine will slightly suppress your immune system.

What are the side effects of Uveitis treatment?

Long-term steroid use may produce side effects such as stomach ulcers, osteoporosis (bone thinning), diabetes, cataracts, glaucoma, cardiovascular disease, weight gain, fluid retention, and Cushing's syndrome. If you have needed moderate or high doses of steroids for more than three months, your retina-vitreous specialist will usually start you on another kind of medication.