Iritis Symptoms

Iritis attacks the eye quickly and and in most cases occurs in one eye at a time. There are two forms of irtis, acute and chronic. Acute iritis if treated immediately will improve and heal quickly. Chronic iritis doesn’t respond as well to medication and can take months or years to heal. Chronic iritis can also cause serious visual impairment if not treated by an iritis specialist.

If you are experiencing the following symptoms get your eyes checked by a professional:

  • Deep pain in the eye or pain surrounding eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Red eye around the iris
  • Pupils of different sizes or unusual shapes
  • Blurry or cloudy vision
  • Headache
  • White blood cells and protein in the anterior chamber

Causes of iritis

There are many things that could cause iritis to occur:

  • Injury or trauma to the eye
  • Iritis is associated with other autoimmune diseases, such as Ankylosing spondylitis, Reactive arthritis (Reiters syndrome), psoriatic Arthritis, irritable Bowel disease and Crohn’s disease
  • Infectious causes may include Lyme disease, tuberculosis, toxoplasmosis, syphilis, and herpes simplex and herpes zoster viruses