Iritis (eye pain)
Iritis (more correctly classified as anterior uveitis) is an inflammation of the iris. It may include inflammation of the ciliary body, which is located behind the iris. In iritis, small white blood cells from the inflamed area and excess protein that leaked from the small blood vessels inside the eye float into the aqueous fluid between the iris and the cornea.
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Acute iritis generally heals by itself within several weeks. But chronic (recurring) iritis can last for months or years. In addition, it responds less readily to treatment and raises the risk of damage to the vision. Complications of chronic iritis can include: glaucoma, cataracts, cystoid macular oedema, corneal calcification, posterior calcification and possibly blindness.
- Eye pain
- Throbbing pain
- Light Sensitivity
- The pupil may become smaller in the affected eye
- Blurred or cloudy vision
- Red eye
The cause of iritis may vary and may be due to trauma, autoimmune disorders, inflammation, and infections or cancers connected to other conditions. It is generally a side effect of some other conditions, but may be the only condition that is noticeable. Even when the disorder is treated early, it often recurs. In most cases, however, it eventually disappears.
Since the cause of iritis is not known, a very careful medical history needs to be taken. Your doctor may recommend chest X-rays, blood tests, stool evaluation, skin tests or even a spinal tap.
The first line of treatment is usually steroid and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory eyedrops. If the inflammation persists or comes back, your doctor may also inject steroids around your eye or prescribe additional oral steroids, antibiotics, antifungals, or antivirals.
A case of iritis usually lasts six to eight weeks. Make sure your eye doctor monitors your progress carefully. The effects of the medication can be cataracts, glaucoma, corneal changes and possibly more inflammation.
Self Help: Diet, Nutrition & Lifestyle
We believe that eye problems such as iritis reflect the health of the whole body. Therefore diet, nutrition and lifestyle choices play a major role in having and keeping good vision.
Certain nutrients such as Fish Oil, MSM eyedrops, Serraflazyme and vitamins and minerals may help clear up iritis.
- Supplementation with nutrients and eyedrops that have been found to be helpful for iritis.
- Diet & lifestyle protocol - see our recommendations for eye health.
Iritis may occur along with a number of other conditions:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Uveal tract inflammations
- Behcet's disease
- Crohn's disease
- Graves' disease
- Chronic psoriasis
- Colitis (ulcerative)
- Lyme disease
- Venereal disease, including syphilis and herpes
- Some cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma and melanoma