The term opthalmitis is a
general term that refers to inflammation of the eye.
(Recall that the suffix -itis usually indicates "inflammation" of the
preceding anatomical part of the body, and the prefix ophthal- refers
to the eye.)
However, more specific terms are often used in order to refer to the
specific part of the eye that is inflammed.
See for example:
* _ Choroiditis;
* _ Conjunctivitis;
* _ Iridocyclitis;
* _ Iritis;
* _ Uveitis, and
* _ Uveoparotitis.
This section includes short definitions of clinical terms that refer to
disorders of the visual system. For definitions of other terms in this
category, choose from the list to the left.
Other related pages include the diagram
of the eye, definitions
of parts of the eye, and the section about clinical
procedures used to investigate the eye and visual system.