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Ask the doctor: What can you tell me about uveitis?

Q. I'm 64 and have been diagnosed with uveitis in my right eye. What causes it, and what is the best treatment for it?

A. Uveitis is inflammation of one or more of the parts of the uvea — the layer of tissue that lies between the retina and the white of the eye (the sclera). These three layers — the retina, uvea, and sclera — surround the cavity of the eyeball, which contains the gel-like vitreous humor (see the illustration).

Anatomy of the uvea

illustration of eye showing uvea

The uvea, or uveal layer, lies between the sclera and the retina; it consists of the iris, ciliary body, and choroid.

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