Uveitis

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
a woman with gray hair looks out at the water from a boat. she possibly has uveitis

There are several causes of blindness, and uveitis is potentially serious eye condition that can cause severe vision loss. 

Uveitis produces inflammation that can destroy important eye tissues. It is extremely rare, but it is a leading cause of legal blindness in the United States.

Uveitis primarily strikes the uvea, where the pigmented parts of the eye (including the iris, ciliary body and choroid) are located, but it also can affect the lens, retina, optic nerve and vitreous (the gel-like substance that fills the middle of the eye). 

At Yale Medicine, our doctors have access to a fully-equipped uveitis service, where physicians use the latest techniques designed to reverse the condition and preserve patients' eyesight.