Uveitis

ICON Eyecare is Home to a Johns Hopkins Trained Uveitis Specialist

Uveitis is inflammation of the eye that can affect individuals ranging from their 20s to 60s. It’s brought on through a range of injuries or diseases that can travel through the circulatory system to the eyes. Few eye care specialists are trained to treat uveitis. ICON Eyecare’s uveitis specialist, Dr. Ashley Sturdy, is fellowship trained in uveitis diagnosis and treatment from the world renowned Johns Hopkins University. She is uniquely qualified to treat even the most complex cases of uveitis.

Uveitis and Iritis

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  • What is Uveitis?

    Uveitis is a type of ocular inflammation that may be caused by a range of issues, including injury, infection, or even inflammatory diseases in other parts of the body that travel to the eye through the circulatory system.

    Uveitis can affect one or both eyes and ranges from mild vision impairment to severe vision loss and potential blindness. It can be a short-term issue or a chronic health problem, but in either case needs to be treated by a skilled optometrist or ophthalmologist.

    Unlike other eye diseases that typically affect the elderly, uveitis is found in patients ranging from 20 to 60 years of age — with some types being more common in younger patients.

  • Symptoms of Uveitis

    Common symptoms of uveitis can appear suddenly and include:

    • Blurred or decreased vision
    • An increased presence of floaters
    • Eye pain
    • Sensitivity to light
    • Redness

    It’s important to remember that not all types of uveitis have the same symptoms. For instance, intermediate uveitis often causes blurred vision and floaters but rarely results in pain while anterior uveitis often produces multiple symptoms including eye pain and light sensitivity.

  • Common Causes of Uveitis

    Because uveitis is general inflammation in the eye, it can be caused by many factors — often triggered by the body’s natural autoimmune reaction to toxins, germs, infections, or other foreign bodies in the eye or the patient’s blood.

    Uveitis may result from:

    • Infections or diseases in the eye or other parts of the body
    • Eye injury
    • Eye surgery
    • Diseases such as Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, lupus, ankylosing spondylitis, and many others
    • Cancers that effect the eye

    However, because of the disease’s broad range of potential causes, the exact cause of a patient’s uveitis may never be clearly diagnosed.

  • Uveitis Treatment

    Dr. Ashley Sturdy, our uveitis specialist, will work alongside you to find the best treatment options. Additional procedures (such as blood work or photography of the inside of your eye) may be used to further refine the diagnosis and attempt to identify the cause. Dr. Sturdy works out of the ICON Eyecare office in Golden, CO.

    Treatment begins by eliminating or managing the primary source of inflammation. Treatment can include prescription anti-inflammatory eye drops, pills or local injections, or immunosuppressive medications. In some severe cases, time-release medication capsules are surgically implanted into the patient’s affected eye.

    If you have been suffering with recurrent or chronic uveitis, call ICON Eyecare for an appointment with our uveitis specialist.

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