Iritis a Painful Inflammation in the Eyes Iris
My Experience With Iritis
This past May I woke up one day with my right eye bothering me.I had no idea that the problem with my eye was something I'd never heard of .... Iritis. It was painful when I would shut it and gently touch the eyelid. I assumed that I must have gotten something in it, and that was irritating it. Looking at the eyeball, it did appear a little red. Over the course of the day I developed a headache not thinking that this was due to my eye at all. I went to bed that night assuming that when I woke up the following day everything would be fine. That was not the case.
The picture here is what my eye basically looked like the following day.
Medical Disclaimer: I am not a health care profession in any capacity. I am writing this article from a personal standpoint of what iritis is, and how it has affected me.
A general guide to adult eye care. Everything is explained in layman terms. which makes it easy to understand.
Eye Care - Don't Take Your Vision For Granted
I've always taken my vision for granted, and not until something went wrong did I realize how important it is to keep up with proper eye care.
Iritis Symptoms and Causes - When the iris becomes inflamed the condition is called iritis.
Iritis can also be caused from a genetic factor.
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Researching Eye Conditions
Off to the Emergency Room
Because my eye was not feeling better, and had become even redder, the next day I started searching on the Internet to see if I could self-diagnose what it might be. I have a bad habit of doing this, but nine times out of ten I can tell my doctor what is wrong with me before even going to see him.
My favorite place to search about any medical ailments or conditions is the Mayo Clinic site. If you've never gone to the site they have a handy symptom checker that works quite well.
After reading about different eye problems I thought maybe it would be best to go to the emergency department at my local hospital.
The doctor that examined me wasn't an ophthalmologist, but he was on the phone with one discussing my eye. After doing a few tests he was convinced that I had Iritis. He gave me two prescriptions for eye drops that had to be used four times a day. I also had a follow-up appointment the next day with Dr. Nixon the on-call ophthalmologist.
Testing and Diagnosis
When I saw Dr. Nixon my eye was feeling 50% better but it was very sensitive to light. Several tests were performed.
The first test was to check my visual activity using an eye chart.
Next, Dr. Nixon used a penlight to examine my pupils.
A microscope with a light was then used to look inside my eye.
The final test that he did was to examine my eyes in front of a tonometer. This was to rule out glaucoma.
After all the tests were completed, I was told that I did indeed have Iritis. I also found out that I have a cataract starting in the same eye.
I was given 2 more prescriptions; a salve or ointment, which was to be applied directly into the eye at bedtime, and more eye drops. A follow-up appointment was made to see Dr. Nixon in a month's time.
Recommended for Iritis - Sensitivity to Light
When you have any sensitivity to light a dark pair of sunglasses will help you immensely.
The prescriptions I had to get were: Vigamox, Voltaren, Maxidex, and Prednisolone. When I first started using these prescriptions two of the eye drops had to be used every two hours, one was every four hours, and the salve was only at bedtime. I had to set up alarms on my iPhone in order to keep track of when and what was to be used. After my first follow-up with my doctor reduced the amount of times for each drops and slowly weaning me off of all 3 drops and the salve.
After using all the eye drops and having two follow-up appointments the iritis has disappeared. I was told that there's a 30% chance of it reoccurring. If it does then further testing will have to be done to determine if there is an underlying condition. My doctor has no idea why I ended up with iritis but this is usually the case.
My optometrist will keep an eye on (no pun intended) my cataract and will refer me back to Dr. Nixon should the Iritis return.
© 2013 Susan Zutautas