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
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Shingles or herpes zoster
- 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.