Uveitis, if not treated promptly, can cause major eye issues. The likelihood of experiencing these

issues increase if uveitis is long standing or in individuals older than 60 years of age.

The eye becomes inflamed because of the illness which can cause tissues to scar or break down

if not treated. Thus, resulting in impaired vision. It can also lead to other issues like cataract,

glaucoma, swollen retina and detached retina.

The clouding of the lens of the eye is known as cataract. It may result due to inflammation, as

well because of steroids, that are used to treat uveitis. Cataract may not be noticeable at

first. However, vision may gradually appear foggy or fuzzy, as if one is peering through a cloud.

Moreover, driving at night may be challenging due to decreased vision and glare.

The treatment for cataract is surgery. However, prior to cataract surgery, inflammation needs to

be under control. In addition, the use of steroids for the treatment of uveitis makes cataract

extraction challenging and expertise is required.

Glaucoma, another consequence of uveitis, results when the fluid inside the eye cannot flow out

resulting in increased intraocular pressure. This causes damage to the optic nerve which results in

decreased vision. The appearance of rings or haloes around lights may be a sign of glaucoma. As

glaucoma progresses one may notice patchy blind spots as well as tunnel vision. Increased eye

pressure is often accompanied with nausea, eye pain and headaches.

Often, glaucoma is not diagnosed until considerable damage to the optic nerve has occurred. Hence,

examination from an eye doctor is imperative to diagnose and receive prompt treatment to save


Steroid use can also increase the likelihood of developing glaucoma.

Additionally, swelling of the retina can result from inflammation inside the eye. Retina is the thin

tissue layer that surrounds the back of eye. It is packed with nerve cells and light-sensitive cells that

take in the sights around and transmit that data to the brain and optic nerve.

Swelling of the retina or cystoids macular edema, due to uveitis, can result in central vision loss

manifested by a central black spot in the field of vision. If left untreated that may result in permanent

loss of vision.

Retinal detachment, though not very common, is a serious complication of uveitis. It occurs as a

result of the retina getting detached from its normal position. Symptoms of retinal detachment may

be floaters, flashes of light or a curtain like shadow over the visual field. Retinal detachment needs

prompt medical attention in order to save vision.

At The Eye Center- Dr. Mahnaz Naveed Shah & Associates our team of eight ophthalmology

subspecialists/ eye specialists, eye surgeons who are considered amongst the very best eye

specialists in Karachi and in Pakistan, have the diagnostic and treatment capabilities to treat from

the simplest to the most complex patients. We work hard to provide our patients with the best

possible medical and surgical eye care, in a state of the art purpose built eye care facility. We

offer the entire array of medical, laser and surgical treatments to help provide patients the best

possible care in the most efficient, safe and ethical manner.

If you need an appointment, please contact us at 03041119544 during our working hours or leave

us a WhatsApp message at +923028291799 and someone will connect with you. Walk-in

appointments are also available for emergencies. We can also be reached through our web portal

on www.surgicaleyecenter.org

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