Iritis or Anterior Uveitis

Inflammation of the Eye

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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). 

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. 


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

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