Shirley Mims was driving home from her job as an executive with Target nearly four years ago when her vision became clouded by starbursts and spots that resembled “oil dropped in water.”
“That’s all I could see,” said Mims of Fayetteville. “It scared me so bad.”
Still seeing spots the next day, Mims went to her local eye doctor, who referred her to a nearby specialist. Within two days, Mims had an appointment with Dr. Glenn Jaffe, MD, a retinal specialist at Duke, who diagnosed Mims with uveitis.
The rare group of diseases causes chronic inflammation in the front, back or middle of the eye. Uveitis can start suddenly or develop gradually. Symptoms can include pain or redness in the eye, sensitivity to light, or seeing black spots or “floaters.”