Healthdirect Free Australian health advice you can count on.

Medical problem? Call 1800 022 222. If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately

healthdirect Australia is a free service where you can talk to a nurse or doctor who can help you know what to do.

Uveitis usually causes a red painful eye.

Uveitis usually causes a red painful eye.
beginning of content

Uveitis

Uveitis is an infection of the eye that is often painful. If you are unsure about an eye problem, it is best to talk to a health professional. If you have sudden pain in your eye, see a doctor as soon as possible.

What is uveitis?

Uveitis is an inflammation of the middle layer of the wall of your eye. The uvea, which becomes inflamed, sits under the sclera, which is the white outer layer.

You can get different types of uveitis, such as:

  • anterior uveitis, which affects the iris in the front of the eye
  • intermediate uveitis, which affects between the iris and the lens
  • posterior uveitis, which affects the retina and blood vessels at the back of your eye
  • panuveitis, which involves all parts of the middle layer.

What causes uveitis?

Uveitis can be caused by:

But often, the cause isn’t clear.

Uveitis symptoms

Uveitis usually causes a red painful eye. The light hurts your eyes. You might get blurred vision and seeing dark floating spots. It can come on suddenly or slowly, and it can affect one or both eyes.

Uevitis diagnosis

If you are worried about your eyes, see your doctor or optometrist. Many eye conditions go away on their own, but if you have uveitis and it is left untreated, it can result in loss of vision.

Your doctor or optometrist will do a full eye examination. If they suspect uveitis, you might also need:

  • blood tests
  • testing the fluid of the eye
  • photography of the blood flow of the eye
  • photography of the retina.

Uveitis treatment

Treatment aims to reduce inflammation and resolve any underlying condition, such as infection. Medication might include:

  • corticosteroid eyedrops, pills or injection
  • antibiotics or antivirals
  • other medications known as immune system modifiers.

Some people with uveitis need surgery to remove some fluid or to implant a medicated device into the eye.

Last reviewed: March 2016

Need more information?

These trusted information partners have more on this topic.

Found 5 results

Reactive arthritis - Lab Tests Online AU

Reactive arthritis, previously known as Reiters syndrome or disease, is so-called because it normally occurs as a reaction to an infection. It appears at between one and four weeks after the infection. It is a combination of three symptoms:

Read more on Lab Tests Online website

Chlamydia and pregnancy

Chlamydia is a bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) which affects both men and women. Chlamydia during pregnancy can also cause a number of issues.

Read more on Pregnancy, Birth & Baby website

Red eye - myDr.com.au

Red eye is the term used when irritation or infection causes the eye to be red, itchy, watery and feel gritty. Find out what can be done with myDr.com.au.

Read more on myDr website

Osteovan Solution for infusion - myDr.com.au

Osteovan Solution for infusion - Consumer Medicines Information leaflets of prescription and over-the-counter medicines

Read more on myDr – Consumer Medicine Information website

Aclasta Solution for infusion - myDr.com.au

Aclasta Solution for infusion - Consumer Medicines Information leaflets of prescription and over-the-counter medicines

Read more on myDr – Consumer Medicine Information website

Check your symptoms Find a health service

Healthdirect 24hr 7 days a week hotline

24 hour health advice and information you can count on

1800 022 222

Government Accredited with over 140 information partners

We are a government-funded service, providing quality, approved health information

Australian Government, health department logo ACT Government logo New South Wales government, health department logo Northen Territory Government logo Government of South Australia, health department logo Tasmanian government logo Government of Western Australia, health department logo
Feedback