Labelled Diagram of the Eye

Labelled diagram of the structure of the retina

Uveitis is a term that refers to inflammation of any part of the uveal tract of the eye.

For example, forms of uveitis include:

  • Iritis - which is inflammation of the iris
  • Cyclitis - which is inflammation of the ciliary body
  • Choroiditis (also known as posterior uveitis) - which is inflammation of the choroid
  • Iridocyclitis (also known as anterior uveitis) - which is inflammation of both the iris and the ciliary body.

Anterior uveitis is usually painful, with clusters of inflammatory cells adhereing to the inner surface of the cornea. All forms of uvetitis can lead to impaired vision. Inflammation of any part of the uveal tract can lead to blindness so it is considered important that symptoms are treated.

More about Ophthalmology:

This section includes short definitions of many diseases, disorders, and conditions of the eyes and visual system.
For definitions of other terms in this category, choose from the list to the left (but note that this is not a complete/exhaustive list).

Other related pages include

For further information see also our pages of books about ophthalmology.

The following books may also be of interest:

The Aging Eye (Harvard Medical School)
MCQ Companion to the Eye (Textbook)
The Secret of Perfect Vision: How You Can Prevent and Reverse Nearsightedness
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM) Glaucoma: The Essential Treatments and Advances That Could Save Your Sight

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