Uveitis Treatment
in Buffalo, NY

What is Uveitis?

Uveitis is the inflammation of the middle layer of the eye composed of the iris, the ciliary body, and the choroid — together, called the uvea. At Buffalo Ophthalmology, our uveitis specialist will identify the cause of the inflammation and build a treatment plan to address it before vision loss can occur.

Uveitis isn’t usually serious, but there are a few reasons why certain cases demand the attention of a specialist:

If you’re diagnosed with glaucoma, it means you have one of a group of eye diseases that cause the pressure inside the eye to increase, damaging the optic nerve and leading to vision loss. At Buffalo Ophthalmology, we work with patients to help identify this condition as early as possible, manage symptoms, and provide treatment for glaucoma before vision loss occurs.

Glaucoma is common — one of the leading causes of blindness for people over 60 years of age — but that doesn’t mean a diagnosis isn’t a scary proposition. Here’s why:

Uveitis Treatment in Buffalo

Uveitis can affect multiple parts of the eye: Uveitis isn’t as simple as it may seem. Anterior uveitis affects the iris, intermediate uveitis affects the ciliary body, posterior uveitis affects the choroid, and pan-uveitis affects all three.

Uveitis can lead to other, more serious conditions: If left untreated, uveitis can lead to more severe eye diseases, including glaucoma, cataracts, and retinal complications — all of which can lead to vision loss.

Uveitis symptoms can hide underlying conditions: While uveitis isn’t always serious, not addressing it thoroughly may mean missing accompanying autoimmune diseases like Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Uveitis

If you’re diagnosed with glaucoma, it means you have one of a group of eye diseases that cause the pressure inside the eye to increase, damaging the optic nerve and leading to vision loss. At Buffalo Ophthalmology, we work with patients to help identify this condition as early as possible, manage symptoms, and provide treatment for glaucoma before vision loss occurs.

Glaucoma is common — one of the leading causes of blindness for people over 60 years of age — but that doesn’t mean a diagnosis isn’t a scary proposition. Here’s why:

Glaucoma comes on without symptoms: Glaucoma is often called the “sneak thief of sight” because of the way it tends to develop without symptoms. A glaucoma diagnosis can come as a surprise.

Glaucoma is a chronic, progressing illness: Once glaucoma is diagnosed, it continues to increase in severity the longer it goes without treatment. The further it progresses, the more difficult it is to treat.

Glaucoma causes blindness: As it progresses, glaucoma can cause irreversible vision loss, underlining the fact that early diagnosis and specialized treatment is critical to save your vision.

Buffalo’s Premier Uveitis Specialist

The pain and potential for progression makes getting treatment from a uveitis specialist a top priority. Every case looks different, and each unique patient who comes to us for treatment deserves a specially tailored approach and a commitment to long-term follow-up care.

At Buffalo Ophthalmology, we lean heavily on our years of training and experience to provide expert care for uveitis and all that comes with it. We’ve seen many uveitis cases and are fully prepared to put forward the best approach in treating every patient. Because of the long-term and chronic nature of many uveitis cases, we recognize the importance of establishing communication and understanding between our doctors, patients, and their referring physicians when co-managing cases.

Buffalo Uveitis Specialist

Ausra Selvadurai, M.D.

Our Buffalo uveitis specialist is Dr. Ausra Selvadurai, a board certified ophthalmologist and the leading uveitis expert in Western New York.

Having trained under top doctors at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, FL and publishing peer-reviewed research about uveal conditions in esteemed ophthalmic journals, Dr. Ausra is proud to be known for her expertise as well as her ability to provide excellent patient care.

How Buffalo Ophthalmology Approaches Uveitis Cases

Because of uveitis’ potential for layered complications, it’s vital that your ophthalmologist starts treatment by developing a full understanding of your medical history. Whether you’re coming in on your own or with a referral from another physician, we’ll get the whole picture of your eye health.

Every uveitis case is unique. Dr. Ausra and her team uses the most advanced technology to understand the factors unique to your case and show you exactly what’s going on with your eyes before we develop a plan to treat the issue.

Uveitis Treatment in Buffalo

Uveitis treatment is aimed at reducing inflammation and addressing the underlying causes of the condition. With this in mind, there are different types of uveitis and different treatments that Dr. Ausra and her team will recommend for each type:

Anterior Uveitis

Anterior uveitis refers to inflammation in the front chamber of the uvea. If the iris itself is infected, it’s referred to as iritis. Because of its location, the most effective treatment is usually done with medicated eye drops aimed at reducing swelling at the site.

Intermediate Uveitis

When uveitis affects an area further into the middle of the eye, it’s known as intermediate uveitis. Steroid eye drops can still be a solution, but if the location of the inflammation is too deep, an oral steroid may be a better option.

Posterior Uveitis

Posterior uveitis refers to inflammation affecting the choroid, which is in the back of the uvea. Because it often occurs with a type of infection, antibiotics may be used with steroid medications or injections around the eye to resolve the uveitis.

Pan-uveitis

Pan-uveitis, refers to cases in which inflammation affects the front, middle, and back of the uvea. As such, it requires a multi-pronged treatment approach featuring a combination of all the solutions we have at our disposal.

Two Convenient Locations
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Ophthalmologists in Williamsville NY

Buffalo Ophthalmology - Northtowns

405 International Drive
Williamsville NY 14221

(716) 706-4945

Ophthalmologists in Orchard Park, NY

Buffalo Ophthalmology - Southtowns

3055 Southwestern Blvd, Unit 108
Orchard Park NY 14127

(716) 706-4998

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