With a wide range of highly-skilled eye specialists, the WVU Eye Institute has the expertise that’s needed for every eye problem that children or adults may experience. A number of our WVU Eye Institute providers are offering the only available care in the state or region for various eye diseases, including uveitis and thyroid eye disease. Ranging from reconstructive improvements to the most delicate vision procedures, our eye specialists can assist you with individualized care to bring about a better outcome for your vision.

Specialty services available at the WVU Eye Institute include:

Ocular Immunology and Uvetis

The WVU Eye Institute provides comprehensive medical and surgical management for inflammatory eye diseases, like uveitis, that cause swelling, irritation, and may impair vision. We are one of the few centers in the state to offer multidisciplinary specialized care for patients with complex inflammatory eye diseases. Our Eye Institute providers collaborate with WVU Medicine Rheumatology and Infectious Diseases providers to offer the most effective management of complex uveitis cases.

Conditions We Treat

Uveitis can affect one or both eyes. Symptoms can occur suddenly or develop gradually, and may include eye pain, redness, blurred vision, floaters (dark, floating spots in the field of vision), or sensitivity to light. We treat the following common conditions associated with uveitis:

  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Behcet disease
  • Herpes simplex
  • Histoplasmosis (an infectious pulmonary disease)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Shingles or herpes zoster
  • Syphilis
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Tubulointerstitial nephritis (inflammation of the kidney)

Evaluation and Treatment

WVU Medicine provides the most advanced imaging technology and treatment for inflammatory eye diseases. A specially-trained ophthalmologist will perform a series of advanced tests, including evaluation of your eye movements, your retina’s response to light, and overall eye health. Based on your unique condition, a WVU Eye Institute specialist may implement a range of therapies, including anti-inflammatory medications, steroid treatment, or vitrectomy.