Modern treatments help control uveitis and can often prevent vision loss and blindness if the condition is found and treated early.
You must work with your eye doctor if you have uveitis. Eye doctors know how to treat uveitis, but they have to work with you to find the best way to treat the condition. Stay informed, take your medicines as scheduled, and follow your treatment plan.
It’s up to you to follow your treatment plan and have follow-up visits as recommended by your eye doctor. Remember to report anything you believe may be a side effect of the medicine you are taking.
Skipping doses of your medicine may put your vision in danger and mislead your doctor. Be sure to tell your doctor if you’ve missed any doses.
After evaluating your progress, your doctor may try changing your doses, switching medicines or changing other parts of your treatment to find the best results for you.
You will have many questions as your doctor diagnoses and treats your uveitis. It’s helpful to keep a list of these questions, especially if they come to mind in between your doctor appointments. Write all your questions down and bring the list with you, then discuss them with your doctor. Here are some questions many people have:
Find support and encouragement from your family, friends and others. Sometimes it helps to talk to people who have experienced the same thing. It can help you to discuss side effects, share ways to remember your medicines and celebrate getting your uveitis under control.
Unfortunately, there are a few people who will lose vision despite commitment to working with their eye doctor and following their treatment plan. The future holds great promise for uveitis. New medicines and treatments continue to be developed. In the meantime, take heart in knowing that you’re doing everything possible to treat your condition. The doctor/patient team approach, support from others and promising scientific discoveries will help you look forward toward a bright future.