Uveitis is a term that
refers to inflammation of any part of the uveal tract of the eye.
For example, forms of uveitis include:
Iritis - which is inflammation of the iris;
Cyclitis - which is inflammation of the ciliary
Choroiditis (also known as posterior
- which is inflammation of the choroid;
Iridocyclitis (also known as anterior uveitis) - which is inflammation
of both the iris and the ciliary body.
Anterior uveitis is usually painful, with clusters of inflammatory
cells adhereing to the inner surface of the cornea. All forms of uvetitis
can lead to impaired vision. Inflammation of any part of the uveal
tract can lead to blindness so it is considered important that symptoms
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.