What are potential complications of uveitis?

Updated: Jan 15, 2019
  • Author: Monalisa N Muchatuta , MD, MS; Chief Editor: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP  more...
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Answer

An acute rise in intraocular pressure secondary to pupillary block (posterior synechiae), inflammation or topical corticosteroid use is the single most important complication.

Examine all patients presenting with a red eye with a slit lamp to detect the presence of cells or flare.

Consider all other causes of a red eye [22] before uveitis is diagnosed.

An acute rise in intraocular pressure can lead to optic nerve atrophy and permanent vision loss.


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