(Chorioretinitis; Choroiditis; Retinitis; Retinal Vasculitis; Vitritis)
How to Say It: Koh-re-O-ret-E-ni-tis
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
Posterior uveitis is inflammation of the back part of the uvea known as the choroid. The uvea is the middle layer of the eye. Early treatment can improve outcomes.
This problem may be caused by:
In some people the cause is not known.
Things that may raise the risk of this problem are:
Problems may be:
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done.
Blood tests will be done to look for signs of infection.
Your eyes will be tested. This can be done with:
Any underlying causes will be treated.
The goal of treatment is to ease inflammation. This can be done with medicine. Choices are:
There are no current guidelines to prevent this health problem.
National Eye Institute
Canadian Association of Optometrists
Canadian Ophthalmological Society
Mandelcorn ED. Infectious causes of posterior uveitis. Can J Ophthalmol. 2013 Feb;48(1):31-39.
Posterior uveitis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/posterior-uveitis. Accessed March 23, 2021.
Uveitis. National Eye Institute website. Available at: https://nei.nih.gov/health/uveitis/uveitis. Accessed March 23, 2021.
Last reviewed December 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD
Last Updated: 03/23/2021
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