Traumatic Iritis: Signs, Symptoms, Treatment, and Pursuing Compensation
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Traumatic iritis (also known as anterior uveitis) occurs when the iris because inflamed, typically due to some type of trauma that has occurred (usually blunt eye injury, such as from a pellet gun, firecracker, vehicle accident, etc.).
Research has shown that younger and/or male individuals tend to suffer more frequently from iritis than older and/or female individuals. Oftentimes, initial trauma can be prevented by wearing eye protection while engaging in certain activities that can lead to iritis.
Diagnosing and History
Signs of traumatic iritis can include:
- Unilateral ocular movement;
- Anterior chamber reaction (white blood cells and/or proteinaceous fluid in the anterior chamber);
- A vossius ring of iris pigment on the anterior lens capsule;
- Precipitates forming a hypopyon;
- Change in intraocular pressure, decreased visual acuity, and perilimbal conjunctival injection;
- Intraocular pressure may be increased or decreased, depending upon whether there is inflammation or damage of the ciliary body;
- An “iris bombe”; and/or
- The development of intractable secondary glaucoma.
It is important that a medical professional completes a thorough ophthalmic history which includes looking at recent trauma, medications, family history, the possibility of infection, etc. This is often done via a penlight exam (to assess pupils, redness, discharge, etc.), obtaining visual acuity testing, intraocular pressure readings, a dilated fundus examination, and other examinations to rule out various other issues, such as any anterior chamber reactions.
It is also important to note that several other conditions—including traumatic hyphema, traumatic retinal detachment, and traumatic corneal abrasion—can look very much like traumatic iritis, thus, these conditions need to be ruled out during the examination.
Symptoms of traumatic iritis can include:
- Pain when light enters the eye (photophobia), as well as ocular pain characterized by a throbbing within the first three days of the traumatic event (with topical anesthetic providing little relief);
- Decreased visual acuity
Typical treatment for traumatic iritis includes:
- Topical steroids, such as prednisone (however, note that these should be avoided if there is a corneal epithelial defect);
- Topical cycloplegics, such as cyclopentolate 2% tid; and/or
- Topical beta-blockers (if secondary glaucoma is present and there are no contraindications to using these).
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