Uveitis is an intraocular inflammation and its principal symptoms are pain, photophobia and red eyes.
The uvea is formed by the iris (the colored part of the eye), the ciliary body and the choroid, which means that we can can have anterior uveitis (if it affects only the iris), intermediate (ciliary body), posterior (choroid) or panuveitis (if all of the uvea is affected). Almost 80% of cases of uveitis have an unknown cause, with the remainder being provoked by a rheumatic, infectious or auto- immune disease. Only a small proportion have an intraocular origin (a blow, infection from a foreign body or ocular post-surgery).

It is the ophthalmologist who must treat ocular symptoms, but it is also very important that there is coordination with the patient’s internist or rheumatologist, who must study and treat the patient from a systemic point of view.