It's important to get it treated early to avoid long-term complications such as vision loss and blindness. It usually gets better quickly with treatment but can come back over time.

Check if you have uveitis

Uveitis usually only affects one eye but can affect both.

Symptoms of uveitis can include:

You may get some or all of these symptoms.

Symptoms can develop quickly, in hours and days, or more gradually over weeks and months. Sometimes uveitis does not cause any symptoms.

Other conditions that cause similar symptoms include:

Urgent advice: Ask for an urgent GP appointment or get help from NHS 111 if you have:

  • pain in your eyes
  • sensitivity to light
  • changes in your vision, like flashing or blurring
  • very red eyes (1 eye or both eyes)

You can call 111 or get help from 111 online.

Immediate action required: Go to A&E or call 999 if:

  • you cannot see (loss of vision)

Causes of uveitis

In most cases the cause of uveitis is unknown.

However, there are some things that can cause uveitis. These include:

Treatments for uveitis

If a GP thinks you have uveitis they'll refer you to an eye specialist (ophthalmologist). You'll usually be seen within 24 hours, so you can start treatment quickly.

Depending on what is causing your uveitis and how severe it is, you'll usually be prescribed a combination of medicines to:

If your uveitis is very severe or keeps coming back, you may also be offered other treatments such as:

After you've started treatment, you'll be seen again by an ophthalmologist to:

Page last reviewed: 20 March 2024
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