Uveitis is swelling and irritation of the uvea. The uvea is the center layer of the eye. The uvea gives a large portion of the blood supply to the retina. Uveitis is a general term describing a gathering of inflammatory disorders that produces swelling and destroys eye tissues. These disorders can slightly decreased vision or lead to extreme vision loss.

The expression “uveitis” is utilized because the disorder often affects a part of the eye called the uvea. In any case, uveitis is not limited to the uvea. These diseases also affect the lens, retina, optic nerve, and vitreous, producing reduced vision or blindness. Uveitis may be occured by irritation or disorders occurring in the eye or it can be part of an inflammatory disease affecting other parts of the body. Uveitis can last for a short (acute) or a long (chronic) time. The severest forms of uveitis reoccur commonly.


Eye care professionals may depict the disorder more specifically as:

Anterior uveitis

Intermediate uveitis

Posterior uveitis

Panuveitis uveitis

Eye care professionals may also depict the disease as infectious or noninfectious uveitis.