1) Most young people with uveitis, a rare disease, also have juvenile arthritis
2) Only about one out of 10 kids with arthritis also develop the disease in their eyes
3) If not treated early, uveitis can damage vision and in some cases lead to blindness
Early diagnosis and treatment with biologic drugs, such as Enbrel, can control swelling
Shri. Narendra Kumar will do well to explain the details of the disease and also its link to juvenile arthritis. Durga Prasad. more
While I'm not an expert to treat this disease (Dr. Maneesh Kumar at Ophthacare Eye Centre in Janakpuri is an expert), I reproduce, in simpler language, the narration from my book "Ophthalmic Dispensing Optics":
Uveitis is an inflammation of the uveal tract (the continuous layer of iris, ciliary body and choroid). It may be acute, chronic, or recurrent depending on its onset and subsequent course. Uveitis may be caused by injury or by the invasion of the eye with micro organisms from the outside or from within the patient (due to underlying systemic disease like ankylosing spondylitis, tuberculosis).
In Uveitis, vision is blurred and the eye becomes red and painful with watering and photophobia. Redness is especially marked around cornea. Iris swelling results in somewhat constricted pupil. If not treated in time and adequately, there may be complications like adhesions, secondary glaucoma, vitreous opacities, corneal changes (keratitis), and cataract.
Early and adequate treatment of Uveitis is a must to avoid complications and vision. more