Uveitis

Nutrients   Uvea   Symptoms   Causes   Self help discussion   Reviews   News

Uveitis means "inflammation of the uvea" or the middle layer of the eye. This area contains fine capillaries that supply blood to the eye, and can be affected by Uveitis. Chronic inflammation due to Uveitis can overtime cause permanent vision loss if not controlled.

 Vitamins & Supplements

On a tight budget?
We recommend
Advanced Eye & Vision Support (whole food) Formula 60 vcaps



Essential
Advanced Eye & Vision Support (whole food) Formula 60 vcapsAdvanced Eye & Vision Support (whole food) Formula 60 vcaps
Whole food, wild crafted herbal vegetarian formula with vision antioxidants, chemical and preservative free.
Don't miss the multiple bottle discounts



Essential
Serraflazyme Serraflazyme
Natural anti-inflammatory agent.


Essential
MSM (Methyl sulfonyl methane) CapsulesMSM (Methyl sulfonyl methane) Capsules
Repairs damaged tissue & aids nutrient absorption


Essential
Vitamin C Complex 1000mg 120 vtabsVitamin C Complex 1000mg 120 vtabs
With natural buffers to help the body utilize the vitamin C more efficiently,


Essential
Krill Complex (Premium) 1000mg 60 gelsKrill Complex (Premium) 1000mg 60 gels
Krill Oil with 8mg of astaxanthin per 2 capsules


Very Important
Retinal Support (wild-crafted herbal formula) 2 oz



Helpful
Renewal Greens 10.6 oz

A Leading Cause of Blindness

Uvetis is a contributing factor to a number of serious eye conditions, including cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma. It is the third leading cause of blindness iin developed nations, and the fifth leading cause of blindness in America. Without treatment it frequently leads to vision loss.

Uvea & uveitis conditions

The Uvea

The uvea consists of three structures

  • The iris, the colored tissue surrounding the pupil.
  • The ciliary body, muscle, located behind the iris which focuses the lens.
  • The choroid, containing blood vessels that line the back of the eye.

Inflammation occurring in any of these three structures is termed "uveitis". Inflammation in uveitis may involve any but not necessarily all of these three structures. Depending upon which structures are inflamed, uveitis may be further subcategorized into one of three main diagnoses. These include:

  1. iritis or anterior uveitis,
  2. cyclitis or intermediate uveitis
  3. choroiditis or posterior uveitis.

Severe and permanent visual loss can result from uveitis. In addition, uveitis can lead to other ocular complications which may produce vision loss, including glaucoma, cataracts or retinal damage. Early detection and treatment is necessary to reduce the risk of permanent vision loss.

Symptoms

Depending on which part of the eye is inflamed in uveitis, a combination of the following symptoms may be present:

Redness, light sensitivity, floaters, blurry vision and/or pain.

These symptoms may come on suddenly, and you may not experience any pain. The symptoms described above may not necessarily mean that you have uveitis. However, if you experience one or more of these symptoms, contact your eye doctor for a complete exam.

Causes

Uveitis may develop following eye trauma or surgery, in association with diseases which affect other organs in the body, or may be a condition isolated to the eye itself.

In addition, smokers are almost twice as likely to develop uvetis as non-smokers. Learn more about the relationship between smoking and uveitis.

Conventional Treatment

Medical treatment of uveitis must be aggressive to prevent glaucoma, to prevent scarring of the structures inside the eye and to prevent possible blindness. Different medications are used to control the original cause of the uveitis, if known, and to minimize the inflammation itself. Aspirin (not aspirin substitutes) or Rimadyl© by mouth and indomethacin, Profenal©, Ocufen©, Voltaren© and corticosteroids (cortisone drugs) minimize the inflammatory process. Corticosteroids may be administered by injection under the conjunctiva (moveable white tissue of the eye), by eye drops or as an oral medication or a combination of these means depending on the location of uveitis. Eye drops are most often used for anterior uveitis. Injections and oral medication are used for posterior uveitis or panuveitis. Drops in the eye must be postponed if damage to the corneal surface is present (ulcer) because the corticosteroids prevent healing of the ulcer or lead to a worsening of the ulcer.

Self Help Discussion

  • Certain nutrients such as Serrapeptase, fish oil, vitamin C and MSM may help reduce inflammation naturally due to uveitis, and offers an excellent complement to the recommendations of your eye doctor.
  • Supplementation with research-proven nutrients and eyedrops that contain targeted nutrients and herbs that support healthy vision and overall eye health. Some include antioxidants including, bilberry, grapeseed extract, lutein, zeaxanthin, MSM, curcumin and echinacea.
  • Lifestyle and diet suggestions - see our suggestions to support healthy vision.
  • Reduce caffeine in your diet; there is anecdotal evidence that it can make symptoms worse.
  • Reduce sugar in your diet; there is anecdotal evidence that it can make symptoms worse.

Uveitis News

Takes a moment to load ...

Studies

Although the underlying physiological cause of uveitis might be unique, research shows that chronic eye inflammatory conditions are often related to underlying autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, infection, exposure to toxins, or even a compromised digestive system.

Also see research on alternative treatment for uveitis.

Related Conditions