Uveitis/Ocular Immunology

The Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Service provides diagnostic and therapeutic care to patients with inflammatory eye disease. Patients are referred to our specialists for surgical and medical treatment of infectious and immunologic ocular disorders. Uveitis is the third leading cause of blindness in the United States, after diabetes and macular degeneration.

Uveitis is inflammation inside the eye, usually affecting one or more of the three parts of the eye that make up the uvea: the iris (the colored part of the eye), the ciliary body (behind the iris, responsible for manufacturing the fluid inside the eye), and the choroid (the vascular lining tissue underneath the retina). The term has come to be used for inflammatory disease in other parts of the eye, as well, including the retina.

The Immunology and Uveitis Service provides a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of uveitis and other immunological disorders. Our specialists in this area are specially trained physicians in the Mass. Eye and Ear Retina Service, Cornea Service, and Immunology and Uveitis Service. In addition to patient care, they are involved in scientific studies to define the diagnostic, treatment and prognostic characteristics of immunology and uveitis patients, and in the training of physicians in this important field.

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