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Can uveitis cause cataracts?

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Yes. The inflammation from uveitis can cause them. You may also be at risk for them if you take steroids for your uveitis.

Surgery can remove your cataract. But most eye doctors will want your inflammation under control first. This can be tricky if you take steroids for your uveitis. Talk with your doctor about it.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “What is Glaucoma?”

Mayo Clinic: “Glaucoma Symptoms,” “Cataracts Overview,” “Retinal Diseases.”

National Health Services UK: “Uveitis: Complications.”

National Eye Institute: “Facts About Uveitis.”

Review of Ophthalmology : “Cataract Surgery in the Patient with Uveitis.”

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on November 16, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “What is Glaucoma?”

Mayo Clinic: “Glaucoma Symptoms,” “Cataracts Overview,” “Retinal Diseases.”

National Health Services UK: “Uveitis: Complications.”

National Eye Institute: “Facts About Uveitis.”

Review of Ophthalmology : “Cataract Surgery in the Patient with Uveitis.”

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on November 16, 2018

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