Ocular Immunology and Uveitis
We collaborate with providers across WVU Medicine to offer accessible, specialized, and multidisciplinary care for inflammatory eye diseases, including ocular immunology and uveitis.
Expert-led diagnostic and therapeutic services from one of West Virginia’s premier centers for patients with complex inflammatory eye conditions
The WVU Eye Institute provides comprehensive medical and surgical management for inflammatory eye diseases, like uveitis, that cause swelling, irritation, and impaired vision. We are one of the few centers in the state to offer multidisciplinary specialized care for patients with complex inflammatory eye diseases. WVU Eye Institute providers collaborate with WVU Medicine Rheumatology, Pulmonary, Neurology and Infectious Disease providers to offer the most effective management of complex uveitis cases.
We treat the following common conditions associated with uveitis:
Inflammatory Eye Conditions
Uveitis can affect one or both eyes. Symptoms occur suddenly or develop gradually. Symptoms may include:
- Eye pain
- Blurred vision
- Floaters (dark, floating spots in the field of vision)
- Sensitivity to light
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Behçet’s Disease
- Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Tubulointerstitial nephritis with uveitis
- Inflammatory bowel disease (Including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
- Herpes simplex
- Histoplasmosis (an infectious pulmonary disease)
- Shingles or herpes zoster
Uveitis Treatments and Services
The WVU Eye Institute provides the most advanced imaging technology and treatment for inflammatory eye diseases. A uveitis-fellowship trained ophthalmologist will perform a series of diagnostic tests, including a comprehensive ophthalmic evaluation. Based on your unique condition, WVU Eye Institute specialists may implement a range of medical and surgical therapies.
FSR Global Sarcoidosis Clinic Alliance
As a founding member of the FSR Global Sarcoidosis Clinic Alliance, the WVU Eye Institute Ocular Immunology Clinic is your gateway to a comprehensive sarcoidosis experience.
Sarcoidosis is an autoimmune disease that causes granulomas—masses of tiny, swollen cells—to collect in the body’s organs. While the lungs, lymph nodes, and skin are commonly impacted, sarcoidosis can also cause eye problems or inflammatory eye disease such as uveitis. “Sarcoid uveitis” can cause blurred vision, redness, pain, and vision loss.
At the WVU Eye Institute, we collaborate with sub-specialty partners to diagnose, treat, and manage uveitis caused by sarcoidosis. Our multi-disciplinary approach involves skilled providers from a variety of departments, including:
- Interventional Radiology
Funding Visual Science Research
Making untreatable vision problems treatable: WVU receives $11M for visual sciences research center
The WVU Eye Institute is the first in the region to offer corneal neurotization, a surgery that reconnects nerves to the eye in order to restore sensation.
The experts at the WVU Eye Institute conduct ongoing clinical trials and research studies.
Learn more about the WVU School of Medicine Department of Opthalmology and Visual Sciences.