Uveitis is a leading cause of preventable blindness that is more common among adults but can affect children as well. Children may not experience symptoms until damage to the eye has already occurred. Untreated uveitis can cause scar tissue that can lead to permanent vision loss.
Team Approach to Your Child's Treatment
Because uveitis can be an associated with an autoimmune disorder (such as juvenile arthritis), your child may be seen by an ophthalmologist and a rheumatologist.
Regular Eye Exams Are Important
Children with juvenile arthritis have regular eye exams so uveitis can be diagnosed at the earliest possible stage. Uveitis requires ongoing monitoring because the disease itself can cause permanent damage to the eye, such as cataracts, glaucoma, and poor vision. Some side effects of treatment can also include cataracts and glaucoma.
When Diagnosed with No Apparent Cause
When uveitis is diagnosed in children and has no apparent cause, a pediatric rheumatologist will determine if an underlying autoimmune disorder is present, such as juvenile arthritis.
We Can Work with Your Child's School
Our dedicated social worker can work with your child’s school vision specialist if your school-age child is coping with vision impairment and needs special accommodations in the classroom.