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Iritis Journal

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This is a blog about iritis, which is, lay terms, an inflammation of the iris area (coloured part of your eye) in the anterior (front) segment of the eye. Iritis, also known as Acute Anterior Uveitis (AAU), is a kind of uveitis, which is inflammation of the uvea (the iris, the choroid body (tissue between the iris and the retina) and the ciliary body which is the muscles and tissues that attach to the iris and make it dilate. It is characterized by photosensitivity (pain in the eyes from light), a red eye (especially circumcorneal redness) and often an aching, tearing eye with a constricted pupil. Iritis is the most common type of ocular inflammation and uveitis is the third largest cause of blindness in the US. Although infection can cause it, it often occurs idiopathically (without an underlying disease or cause) as is my case. There is no way to prevent or cure it although it can be managed with steroids (e.g. Prednisone) and immunomodulatory drugs (e.g. Methotrexate). Please read the disclaimer at the top of the blog.
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