Uveitis is an inflammation of the uvea (or uveal layer)—the middle of the three layers that make up the eye. Inflammation usually occurs when your body is fighting an infection. It is a treatable condition; however, without proper treatment, it can cause vision loss.
The uvea is the middle layer of the eye between the sclera (the white part of the eye) and the retina (the light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye).
The uvea protects the eye and is critical to nutrient and gas exchange. It consists of three parts: the iris (colored part of the eye), ciliary body (the part of the eye that helps the lens focus) and the choroid (the part of the eye connecting the retina to the sclera).
When any part of the uvea becomes inflamed, it is called uveitis. There are several types of uveitis, each affecting different parts of the uvea.
Studies show cigarette smoking increases the risk of uveitis by 95% compared with people who have never smoked. Talk to your doctor and reduce your risk by stopping or never starting.
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