Iritis is an inflammatory problem of the
iris, the colored part of the eye. It often occurs for unknown reasons,
but it may be linked to certain diseases affecting the body, infections,
previous eye surgery, or injury.
Iritis may affect one or both
eyes. It is sometimes a chronic, recurring condition.
Steroids and anti-inflammatory drops are prescribed to
reduce inflammation in the eye. Dilating drops also make the eye more
comfortable by relaxing the muscle that constricts the pupil.
Iritis must be treated to avoid permanent problems such as scarring
inside the eye.
• Red eye
• Light sensitivity
• Aching, soreness
or intense discomfort
• Small pupil
DETECTION AND DIAGNOSIS
The doctor can detect iritis during an
examination of the eye with a slit lamp microscope. Among other things,
the doctor will look for microscopic white cells floating inside the eye
which are a sign of inflammation. The doctor will also carefully examine
inside the eye to determine if other parts of the eye are involved.