Uveitis treatment

Comprehensive care for chronic eye inflammation

Uveitis may be the cause if you experience eye pain, redness, blurred vision, light sensitivity and floaters. As a leading cause of preventable blindness, uveitis requires an accurate diagnosis and prompt, effective treatment. Uveitis specialists at Duke Eye Center use sophisticated imaging techniques, and medical and surgical treatments to reduce active uveitis inflammation and preserve your vision while minimizing and managing the complications that are sometimes associated with uveitis treatments.

Seek care from a uveitis specialist

Uveitis is a rare, complex condition that can cause chronic inflammation in the front, middle or back of the eye. Active inflammation requires immediate care by an experienced ophthalmologist. While a specific cause may not be found, the chronic eye inflammation can be caused by an autoimmune disorder such as sarcoidosis, or it may result from an infection or trauma to the eye.

Without proper treatment and management, uveitis can result in vision impairment, glaucoma, cataracts or retinal swelling. A team of specialists, such as the experts that manage Duke Eye Center’s uveitis clinic, can ensure you get the proper diagnosis and comprehensive care you need.

  • The uveitis clinic at the Duke Eye Center is staffed by ophthalmologists with advanced training and experience in managing uveitis, as well as experts in glaucoma, cataracts and retinal disease. A rheumatologist is also on staff. We coordinate your appointments so you can meet with these and other specialists as needed.
  • Infectious uveitis often requires specific treatment tailored to the infection. Duke’s uveitis specialists use specially compounded medications that are not readily available to treat different types of eye infections.
  • Duke’s uveitis specialists have been studying effective uveitis treatments for more than 30 years. We were instrumental in the development of a new steroid delivery system and were involved in the clinical trials that led to the 2016 FDA approval of the non-steroidal biologic drug Humira (adalimumab) to treat uveitis. We continue to participate in clinical trials and research to broaden our understanding of uveitis and effective treatments.
  • Your care at the Duke Eye Center includes education about your condition, and access to our low vision rehabilitation program, which offers tools for living with impaired vision. Our dedicated social worker is also available to help you and your loved ones manage your care and maximize your quality of life.



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