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Uncovering the cause of inflammation requires a complete eye examination by a uveitis specialist. Imaging studies of the retina and other structures in the eye, as well as laboratory tests, are frequently needed for an accurate diagnosis. A sample of the aqueous humor (the liquid within the eye) may also be required to clarify the diagnosis and determine appropriate steps for managing the disease.
Uveitis treatment depends on the patient’s specific diagnosis. The most common treatment is medical therapy, including eye drops, injections, or oral medications. Rarely, surgery may be necessary.
An ophthalmologist specializing in inflammatory disease takes the lead in the care and treatment for the patient. The uveitis specialist is supported by retina and glaucoma specialists, as these diseases are among the most common complications of uveitis. Because many cases of uveitis are related to systemic infection or rheumatologic disease, specialists in these areas are also key members of the team.
Caregivers involved in patient care for this service include: