Uveitis is inflammation of the middle layer of the eye called the ‘uvea’. Uveitis can present as a painful red eye that is sensitive to light. It is frequently associated with floaters and blurred vision. However, inflammation is not always limited to the uvea and can spread inside the eye causing a cataract and can sometimes affect the light sensitive nerve of the eye leading to loss of vision. The retina can also become swollen or water logged causing blurred vision.
Uveitis can occur as a result of an attack of one’s own immune system or due to infections or toxins entering the eye. It can occur in the eye or as a part of another medical condition.
Ms Sandhu is Cambridge and Moorfields trained with a Fellowship in Uveitis and Medical Retina and has a considerable amount of experience in the management of uveitis. Mild uveitis can be treated with drops alone and severe uveitis may require the use of oral steroids or other immunomodulatory agents. Steroid injection implants can be used effectively to treat the swelling and leakage in the retina, a treatment which is licensed but not available on the NHS.
Ms Sandhu is one of the few cataract surgeons with an expertise in uveitis allowing for the best visual outcomes.