Today, both knowledge and technology used in the diagnosis of uveitis has developed and advanced significantly. This means that predictions of the disease are far more accurate and, in some cases, physicians are even able to monitor and provide the patient with medication to prevent the disease. For example, for patients with anterior uveitis related to the HLA-b27 gene who contract the condition more than 3 times per year, the doctor may consider prescribing NSAID medications or sulfasalazine in order to prevent recurrence of the disease.
Uveitis has a high chance of recurrence. Many patients have to live with the disease for their entire lives. Therefore, knowing the exact cause and understanding the nature of the disease is very important – and will help patients with caring for themselves properly, reduce the chances of recurrence, and minimize the possibility of further complications.
If you suspect you may be experiencing symptoms of uveitis or that you are in the at risk group, you should seek out consultation with an ophthalmologist who is a uveitis specialist so that you can receive proper diagnosis and continued treatment.