What is Uveitis Iritis?

When asking this question to fellow bloggers, I got a range of responses:
*Something to do with the Uterus
*Something to do with eyes because of the Iris part
*Something that could be like/ linked to Arthritis, because of the”Itis” part
*A long winded name for a plant

When asking this question it was written down. The reasons the answers were varied was due to the lovely subjects, I mean bloggers attempting to pronounce it, then reading it with their eyes.

OK, I’ll put you out of your misery if you haven’t already Googled it Uveitis Iritis, pronounced Uc-I-Tis I-Right-Tiss
(You Vee Eye Tiss. Eye Rite Tiss I Rite Is – for screen readers) is an inflammatory eye disease.)

Who is affected by Uveitis?
Uveitis is uncommon. It’s estimated that 2 to 5 in every 10,000 people will be affected by uveitis in the UK every year.

It usually affects people aged 20 to 59, but can also occur in children. Men and women are affected equally.

It’s more likely to occur in people with other inflammatory or immune conditions.

Despite being uncommon, uveitis is a leading cause of visual impairment in the UK. This is why it’s very important to diagnose and treat the condition as early as possible.

What is uveitis?

Uveitis is inflammation of the uveal tract. The uveal tract is the name given to the part of your eye that is made up of:

The iris: the part of your eye that gives it colour.
The ciliary body: a small ring-like muscle that sits behind your iris.
The choroid: the layer of tissue between your retina and your sclera, containing blood vessels and a pigment that absorbs excess light.

Parts of your eye next to the uveal tract can also be affected. These include:

The retina: the light-sensitive layer lining the interior of your eye.
The optic nerve: the nerve responsible for vision.
The vitreous humour: the jelly-like material that fills the chamber behind your lens.
The sclera: the white outer layer of your eyeball.

This information was obtained from the NHS website

What causes uveitis?

There are many different causes of uveitis and uveitis is associated with a number of other diseases. However, in up to half of cases, no specific cause for uveitis is found. This is known as idiopathic uveitis.

The known causes and associations of uveitis include the following:
Autoimmune and inflammatory diseases

Our immune system normally makes small proteins (antibodies) to attack bacteria, viruses, and other ‘germs’. In people with autoimmune diseases, their immune system makes antibodies against the tissues of their body, causing damage and inflammation. It is not clear why this happens. Some people have a tendency to develop autoimmune diseases. In such people, something might trigger the immune system to attack the body’s own tissues. The ‘trigger’ is not known.

Autoimmune diseases that are associated with uveitis include rheumatoid arthritis.

This information was obtained from the patient.info website

So, how has this affected me?
When I was officially diagnosed with Arthritis I was given 6 monthly appointments at my local eye hospital.
It wasn’t until I was 14 that I started having any eye problems, and in all honesty I nor my family had any idea that this was the beginning of my problems with my eye sight.
I remember it like yesterday , I was in Scotland visiting family and my eyes were red, sore and watery. My Father thought it was was hay fever, and I put cold teabags, and cucumber on my eyes to soothe them. Even after a few hours nothing seemed to be happening, so my Granny had to put in a prescription for me for some eye drops.
When I came home after my break away I went to the eye hospital and explained what had happened.
And that’s when all the fun began…

So there we have it Ladies and Gents, not only did the big A play havoc with my joints, but it began playing silly buggers with my eyes too!

I will be writing more about my sight loss journey, but I think this post is getting long enough… I know, I know, it’s not like me at all is it? ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you have any thoughts or questions you’d like to add, don’t hesitate to leave me a comment, or Email me on:

Much love,

Sassy xxx

26 comments on “What Is Uveitis Iritis?”

  1. Oh my, I went through a period of a few years where I had Iritis and conjuctivitis a lot, however since becoming pregnant and having Clem I haven’t had either. I hadn’t even heard of it the first time I had it, and it was so painful. Whenever I got any sign of it coming back I always rushed straight to the doctors and made sure I got a prescription for it. x

    • Sorry to hear you had such a rubbish time with eye infections!
      So glad to hear things have dramatically improved since having Clem ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

  2. Hello Sissy, I have extremely bad eyesight and I thought I had heard it all but this is the first time Ive heard about the condition thanks for sharing the information #anythinggoes

    • Hey,
      Thanks so much for taking the time to leave me a comment ๐Ÿ™‚ it’s very much appreciated! ๐Ÿ™‚
      I’m so glad you found this blog post useful! ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

  3. Oh that’s a very informative post. I mean really who would have thought it was a plant?!! Hahaha. Seriously though thank you for sharing I wasn’t aware about it or that it was a complication that can be caused by arthritis. #triballove

    • Hey,
      No judging here! i suppose if you don’t see it written down it can be mistaken for a plant!
      I’m glad I could spread some more awareness and understanding ๐Ÿ™‚
      Big hugs xxx

  4. Hello, I’m a type of optician and think it’s great that you’re raising awareness for the lesser known eye conditions. Was it the uveitis that caused your vision loss (I hope you don’t mind me asking)?

    It can be a really horrible condition to live with (as I’m sure you already know) I’ve seen patients get terribly upset that there’s not more that can be done. It’s wonderful that you’re generally so positive!

    • Hey Jenny,

      Thanks so much for taking the time out to leave me a comment!
      I’m more than happy to answer any questions! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, it is the Uveitis Iritis that has caused my vision loss!
      Loosing eyesight is always hard but the inflammation/ flare ups are what really floors me!

      Thanks once again for getting in touch!
      Best wishes,
      Sassy ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

  5. I had never heard of this so thank you for sharing. I’m a firm believer that knowledge is key. I’ll admit I had a good time trying to figure out how to pronounce it. #bigpinklink

    • Hey Sarah,

      Yes knowledge certainly is key! I love learning new things, and if I can ever help give a clearer insight or knowledge in general to someone about my conditions, it makes this blog all worthwhile xxx ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Sassy, this is a great post for raising awareness of uveitis. Really informative. It is great your post is so positive too because I can only imagine how you must have felt when you were told the news. Thanks for sharing this #bloggerclubuk

    • Hey Emma,

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment! I’m glad it was informative ๐Ÿ™‚ I think if I were to be negative all the time people would run for the hills screaming ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Big love xxx

  7. I would have had no idea about this, I did think eyes though, but it would never have occurred to me that it might result in loss of sight. I realised the other day, when I sent you a gif on twitter, that I have no idea if that would translate, or how you read messages etc. I’m assuming you have a computer that reads aloud to you, but I’d really love to know more about how you manage as a blogger with visual impairment so I look forward to the rest of your series. Thanks for linking up. #bigpinklink

    • Hey lovely,

      Neither did I until I had to go for eye tests ๐Ÿ™‚ I think there is just so much to learn in the world that unless it’s part of your life directly, you aren’t going to know too much about things, especially medical stuff ๐Ÿ™‚
      Haha It’s really annoying JIF’s are rubbish with my screen reader software, i’m not sure if it’s a coding thing or not (i’m actually rubbish with technology), but most other things are accessible such as emoji’s:)
      I won’t bore you explaining it all now ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Thank you for being a fab host! ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

  8. Thank you for sharing, I would have had no idea at all what it was. I have glasses as I am short sighted and have had problems with my eyes when I used to wear contacts. Great to know about this – can’t wait to read more of your series lovely xx #bigpinklink #triballove

    • Hey Louise,

      Thank you for your lovely comment, and great thought!
      I’m passionate about raising further awareness, but in my Sassy style ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Big hugs! ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

  9. I came across this when I used to work in inflammatory diseases (RA, mainly). It is a pretty rare condition, as you say, but it’s wonderful you’ve written this to raise awareness. I am so sorry you have been diagnosed with it and I hope you continue to be as positive as you are in this post. (Also, I haven’t read your blog before but it’s awesome and congratulations on being a BiBs finalist!) #puddinglove

    • Hey,

      Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment! ๐Ÿ™‚
      That’s really interesting that you worked with inflammatory diseases!
      I think you’ve gotta find the funny in life otherwise you’d just be miserable! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Thank you, I can’t believe I am a finalist! ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

  10. Such an informative post, sassy – I’d never heard of Uveitis – I want to say you poor love but I know that isn’t what this was written for and I admire you so much for that – it’s about raising awareness and for that you are brilliant at what you’re doing. I hope you are getting the care and attention you need #BloggerClubUK

    • Thank you lovely lady, you are such a sweetheart!
      I appreciate your kind words! ๐Ÿ™‚
      I have a fantastic support network of friends and family, i’m very lucky! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Big love and hugs to you ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

  11. Oh Sassy this sounds so rough – you have had a lot of difficult health issues to deal with. You write about them so well & with such a positive attitude. You really are inspiring! I hadn’t heard of uveitis before, I hope you have it managed now & look forward to reading the next post about it. Thanks so much for joining us at #BloggerClubUK

    • Hey Becky,
      Thank you so much for your thoughtful and kind words ๐Ÿ™‚
      I’m glad that i’m able to raise awareness and hopefully show that you’ve got to keep moving and trying to find the positives ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you for being a fantastic host ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

  12. I hadn’t heard of this condition so thank you for raising my awareness of it. My friend who has type 1 diabetes has recently been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis so I will make sure she reads this post. You are such a strong person with all this stuff going on – I truly admire you. Thanks for linking with #PuddongLove x

    • Hey Pudding,

      Thanks so much ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh no, i’m really sorry to hear that about your friend, it is a shit disease!
      Sending her positive thoughts!
      Thank you for being a fab host! ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

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