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Diagnosis and treatment of anterior uveitis: optometric management

Authors Harthan J, Opitz D, Fromstein S, Morettin C

Received 21 July 2015

Accepted for publication 30 September 2015

Published 31 March 2016 Volume 2016:8 Pages 23—35

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OPTO.S72079

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Editor who approved publication: Mr Simon Berry


Jennifer S Harthan,1 Dominick L Opitz,2 Stephanie R Fromstein,1 Christina E Morettin3

1Cornea Center for Clinical Experience, 2Ophthalmology Services and Practice Development, 3Urgent Eye Care Service, Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, IL, USA

Abstract: Anterior uveitis encompasses inflammation of the iris and/or ciliary body and is one of the most common types of ocular inflammation that primary eye care practitioners will encounter. Anterior uveitis may be caused by a variety of etiologies, including infectious, noninfectious, and masquerade diseases. The short-term and long-term treatment of uveitis should include the evaluation of location, duration, pathology, and laterality, in addition to presenting signs and symptoms of the disease. A complete review of systems, thorough examination, and laboratory testing, may assist the practitioner in narrowing the list of possible causes for the uveitis. This is imperative as once a list of diagnoses has been made, a targeted approach to treatment can be pursued.

Keywords: anterior uveitis, iritis, inflammation

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