Uveitis is a general
medical term for inflammation affecting the middle layer of the eye
which is called the "uvea". The uvea consists of 3 distinct structures: iris, ciliary body, and
the choroid. The iris is the colored ring around the pupil of the eye; the choroid is a thin layer of blood vessels covering
both the back and sides of the eye; and the ciliary body is a ring
shaped structure between the iris and choroid that joins the iris with
the retina, the inner layer of the eye. The ciliary body has two main functions: its muscles serve to focus the lens, and it also produces the aqueous humor, a nourishing liquid that bathes the front of the eye. Uveitis may affect any
or all of these 3 parts of the eye. The primary symptom of uveitis affecting the
choroid, known as posterior uveitis, is a vague feeling of hazy or fading vision. Some people see black spots that seem to float before their eyes.
Iritis, also known as anterior uveitis, is a type of uveitis that affects the iris, although the term is sometimes used for inflammation that includes the ciliary body as well. Iritis can cause redness, pain, blurred vision, an intolerance to light, and, sometimes, headaches.
Uveitis is often linked to an autoimmune disorder such as rheumatoid
arthritis, but it can also be the result of infection. More often than not, there is no obvious cause. Uveitis can be a precursor of other eye problems, including
glaucoma and detached retina. If you suspect you may have
uveitis, then you may wish to consult an ophthalmologist for a
complete eye examination.
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CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL TREATMENT
If you are diagnosed with uveitis, your doctor will likely prescribe a corticosteroid. Depending on the specific location of the inflammation, the drug may be: taken by
mouth, applied topically, or injected. However you take them, if you must use steroids for an eye problem, you need to be monitored by a medical professional. These drugs are generally quite effective, but there are potential negative effects. If you have a herpes infection of the eye, the use of steroids can be disastrous. Steroid use is also associated with an increased risk of glaucoma.
In some cases, steroids are not able to suppress the inflammation and a stronger inhibitor of the immune system such as azathioprine
"Imuran" or cyclosporine "Neoral, Sandimmune", which are used to prevent rejection in
organ transplant recipients, may be necessary. Potential side effects include an increased susceptibility to infection, low blood counts, and others.
These drugs should not used for a long period of time otherwise side effects and serious problems could
If an infection is found to be the root of the uveitis problem, your doctor
may prescribe an appropriate antibiotic or you could use a
natural supplement like the Immunity
Other Changes To Make
drink 6-8 glasses of steam distilled or
filtered water a day
eat 50% raw fruits and vegetables (organic is best)
nuts, seeds, and whole grains are good
juice is good (make your
own with a juice machine)
do not worry as much about calories as eating the right foods
carrot and celery sticks are good to use as a snack
a colon cleansing can be very helpful - (do several times each year)
do not drink coffee, alcohol, soda pop, other junk food drinks
do not eat processed foods white sugar, white flour, etc...
use stress relief like going for walks in the park
(or the 10/90 rule - see
brown rice is good to eat
avoid red meat and animal fats
reduce dairy products cheese, milk, and others
fast a few days a month
get at least 8 hours of sleep
exercise light to moderate amounts
avoid artificial sweeteners like Aspartame and NutraSweet
do not smoke and avoid second hand smoke
do not skip meals - just eat better and not as much at each meal
do not chew gum - it can cause you to feel hungry
do not watch too much TV try reading a book or something else