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? 😉
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