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Uveitis (cont.)

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Can uveitis be prevented?

Uveitis cannot always be prevented per se, particularly since some cases are idiopathic (unknown cause); however, one can certainly reduce the chances of acquiring uveitis with common sense precautionary measures against trauma and infection. Examples include the use of eye protection when engaging in activities such as lawn edging and drilling, using extra caution around opening champagne bottles or firecrackers, keeping vaccinations up to date, practicing good hygiene and hand washing, and getting regular general health checkups with a primary care doctor.

Autoimmune diseases are often genetic (that is, they run in families) and perhaps gene therapies in the future will eradicate or at least control some of these illnesses.

Prevention of flare-ups of uveitis requires close monitoring with repeat examinations by an ophthalmologist. The treatment must often be adjusted or modified according to both microscopic and clinical changes for optimal control.

REFERENCE:

Durrani, K., et al. "Systemic therapy with conventional and novel immunomodulatory agents for ocular inflammatory disease." Survey of Ophthalmology 56.6 (2011): 474-510.


Last Editorial Review: 6/29/2012


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