The middle layer of the eye that consists of the iris, ciliary body and choroid is known as the uvea. Any inflammation to this part of the eye is known as uveitis.
Basic eye injury and systemic inflammatory diseases sometimes trigger uveitis, but sometimes something more serious is behind the symptoms. It can be associated with serious systemic autoimmune diseases such as Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sarcoidosis, and others.
Many times with cases of uveitis, taking a steroid to reduce the inflammation is necessary. Usually because the iris is on the front of the eye, topical steroid drops are indicated. But if the inflammation is more severe or posterior, injections of steroid can be helpful.
Call for evaluation if you experience increase in pain with light exposure, red eyes, blurred vision and headaches.