What is Iritis?

Iritis is a condition where the iris of the eye becomes inflamed. The iris is the ring around your pupil that determines the color of your eye. The iris is considered the middle layer of your eye. Iritis is a form of uveitis, which is also referred to as anterior uveitis.

Most of the time, the cause of iritis is unknown and cannot be determined by an ophthalmologist. Typically, the underlying reason for the condition is eventually determined to be genetic or systemic.

What are the Symptoms of Iritis?

The symptoms of iritis can vary depending on the severity of the condition.

Symptoms include

  • Redness of the eye
  • Aching or discomfort in the eye.
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurry vision
  • The appearance of floating spots or specks in the line of vision.

Acute iritis appears suddenly over a period of hours or even days. Symptoms typically only last for about six weeks, after the six week period, it is referred to as chronic iritis.

How is Iritis Treated?

Treatments for iritis concentrate on preserving the vision that was present before the condition appeared. It also concentrates on alleviating inflammation in the eye. If the condition was caused by an underlying medical condition, it will need to be treated as well in order to effectively treat the iritis.

Treatments include

There are two main treatments for iritis. Both of them focus on helping the body to heal faster. Steroid eye drops are given as a means of helping reduce the inflammation in the eye and aid the eye in healing faster.

Dilating eye drops are used to dilate your pupil. Dilating the pupil can reduce the pain felt in the iris.

If these treatments do not relieve the discomfort and swelling associated with the condition, your ophthalmologist may prescribe oral steroids and anti-inflammatory medications to treat your condition. However, your doctor must take into account the underlying condition and the severity of your iritis before prescribing oral medications.

Last Reviewed:
October 06, 2016
Last Updated:
September 01, 2017