What is uveitis?

Uveitis is actually a number of different conditions and the term intraocular inflammation is often used to cover the spectrum of uveitis conditions. The uvea is made up of the iris, the ciliary body and the choroid, and when any part of the uvea becomes inflamed it is called uveitis.

There are a number of quite different types of causes of uveitis. It may result from an infection such as a virus (eg herpes) or a fungus (eg histoplasmosis), or it may be due to a parasite such as toxoplasmosis.

We have more information on uveitis in our factsheet:

For further information and advice about uveitis and other eye conditions please contact our Helpline on:

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