Iritis is inflammation of the iris (the colored part of the eye). The condition can have many different causes, including trauma, infection, autoimmune diseases such as Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA), inflammatory bowel disease (such as  ulcerative colitis or Crohn disease), nephritis, and reactive arthritis. It can also be associated with conditions like leukemia and Kawasaki syndrome. JIA is one of the more common conditions associated with iritis in kids, and children with this condition require routine screenings for inflammation of the eye.

Iritis may occur on one or both eyes. Common symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Decreased vision
  • Red eye
  • Headache
  • Irregularly shaped pupils

Treatment varies but can include the administration of steroids either as drops or orally. Your ophthalmologist can help determine the best course of action for your treatment. Schedule an appointment with us today if you have any questions regarding iritis and your eye care health.