What is Iridocyclitis?

Iridocyclitis is an inflammation of the iris and ciliary body of the eye. It is also known as anterior uveitis. This condition is often seen in high numbers among people with an autoimmune disorder, such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and inflammatory bowel diseases. People with these autoimmune disorders can benefit from aggressive treatment of Iridocyclitis.

The symptoms of Iridocyclitis include redness of the eyes, blurry vision, hypersensitivity to light, pain in the eyes, decreased vision, and floaters. It is important to have regular eye exams when suffering from Iridocyclitis. Early detection of the disorder can help to prevent any vision loss.

Treatment for Iridocyclitis

The treatment of Iridocyclitis depends on the underlying cause. Depending on that, the patient might be prescribed steroid, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics, or even certain medications like immunomodulators or biologics. In addition, the patient can be advised to wear special contact lenses, to avoid irritating the eye.

The following treatments might be recommended by the ophthalmologist:

  • Oral corticosteroids
  • Topical corticosteroids
  • Topical miotics
  • Topical cycloplegics
  • Topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Cyclosporine eyedrops
  • Mydriatics
  • Cycloplegics

Patients with Iridocyclitis should receive regular follow-up care to prevent any vision loss. By following the doctor’s advice, it is possible to reduce the risk of vision loss and maintain the patient’s normal vision.