Symptoms of Uveitis

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The signs and symptoms of uveitis can appear gradually or suddenly. They include:

blurred vision

Blurred vision

spots floating around

Spots (“floaters” or myodesopsia), “flies” or “spiderwebs” floating around in the field of vision

Irritated eye

Red eye
(hyperaemia)

Pain in the eye

Eye pain

Dilated pupil

Altered pupil size or shape

  • Acute anterior uveitis is characterised by red eye (ocular hyperaemia), pain and sensitivity to light (photophobia). It is not usually accompanied by a significant reduction in visual acuity, but individuals may suffer blurred vision.
  • Chronic anterior uveitis can, however, course with minimal symptoms, even without red eye and pain, and may only become evident in routine examinations or due to complications.
  • Intermediate and posterior uveitis can produce blurred vision, reduced visual acuity, floaters (myodesopsia) and, occasionally, photophobia, but normally courses without pain and red eye.
Substantiated information by:
Alfredo Manuel AdánOphthalmologist — Ophthalmology DepartmentMarina MesquidaOphthalmologist — Ophthalmology DepartmentVíctor LlorensOphthalmologist — Ophthalmology Department

Published: 20 February 2018
Updated: 20 February 2018

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