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Uveitis

Updated: December 19, 2018

What Is It?

Uveitis means inflammation of the part of the eye called the uvea. The uvea, also called the uveal tract, is a continuous layer of fibrous tissue that surrounds the eye. It is made up of three structures: 

  • The iris — The donut-shaped part that gives the eye its color 
  • The choroid — A membrane full of tiny blood vessels that lines the eye 
  • The ciliary body — A thick ring of tissue that helps control the shape of the lens, and is attached to the iris and to the front portion of the choroid

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Various terms are used for the condition, depending on the part of the uvea affected. They include: 

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