Print Page

Iritis or Anterior Uveitis

Inflammation of the Eye

About one third to 40 percent of people with spondylitis will experience inflammation of the eye (iritis or uveitis) at least once. Iritis is a serious complication that requires immediate medical attention from an ophthalmologist (eye specialist).


For More Information Order or Download Our Brochure on Iritis

Signs / Symptoms

Symptoms of iritis / uveitis often occur in one eye at a time, and may include redness, pain, sensitivity to light, and skewed vision. An ophthalmologist (or optometrist) can use a special slit lamp microscope to distinguish iritis from other causes of eye redness or irritation. 

Treatment

Iritis is typically treated using corticosteroids or dilating eye drops. Certain TNF inhibitors are also highly effective at reducing occurrences of iritis.

Related Resources

Video
Spondylitis Plus

What Is Axial Spondyloarthritis

Posted March 2013

A relatively new term has been seen more and more in medical literature over the past few years: Axial spondyloarthritis (AxSpA)...

Read more…
RSS
Brochure

Iritis in Spondyloarthritis

Learn about uveitis -- often referred to as iritis -- in spondylitis and its family related diseases.
Iritis-in-Spondyloarthritis

Stay Informed

Contact Us

Spondylitis Association of America

16360 Roscoe Blvd.  Ste. 100
Van Nuys, CA 91406

Email

info@spondylitis.org

Toll Free Hotline

(800) 777-8189 U.S. only
or (818) 892-1616

Give With Confidence

Independent Charities of America