Don’t Ignore Your Eye Pain — It Could be Panuveitis

Panuveitis refers to generalized inflammation of the uveal tract, the retina, and vitreous humor; in other words, all parts of the eye.

Most cases have no known cause, but some conditions that seem to go hand-in-hand with this ocular disorder are sarcoidosis, Bechet’s disease, and tuberculosis.

Some of the symptoms of panuveitis include:

  • redness and pain in the eye or eyes,
  • light sensitivity,
  • blurry vision,
  • a decrease in vision,
  • and floating spots in the field of vision (also called “floaters”).

Treatment varies according to the severity of the case. Panuveitis is usually treated with corticosteroids by injection, however, oral steroids and steroid eye drops are also prescribed. These are used to reduce inflammation. Immunosuppressant drugs are indicated if the inflammation doesn’t respond to either of those treatments.

Once under control, many patients take maintenance doses of medications to prevent a recurrence of panuveitis.

Uveitis is among the leading causes of blindness in the United States. It can damage the eye and cause complications such as:

  • cataracts,
  • glaucoma (high intraocular pressure),
  • cystoid macular edema,
  • and retinal detachment.

For these reasons, early treatment is crucial, not only to relieve pain, but also to prevent the decrease of vision.

If you, or a loved one, has uveitis, or panuveitis, the following organizations may be of assistance to you.

For financial assistance, contact any of the following organizations:


Erica Zahn

Erica Zahn

Erica Zahn is passionate about raising awareness of rare diseases and disorders and helping people connect with the resources that may ease their journey. Erica has been a caregiver, and is a patient, herself, so she completely relates to the rare disease community--on a deeply personal level.

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