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Iritis is an inflammation of the coloured part of the eye. This part of the eye is called the iris. Iritis can cause redness and pain. It can make your eyes more sensitive to light. And it may make your pupils different sizes.
Iritis is most often treated with prescription eyedrops. Treatment can usually prevent long-term problems with vision. Iritis usually lasts 6 to 8 weeks. You will need follow-up care with an eye doctor (ophthalmologist).
Anterior uveitis (say "you-vee-EYE-tus") and iridocyclitis (say "eer-ih-doh-suh-KLY-tus") are other terms used to refer to this problem.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: January 24, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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