We have moved! Our new location is just one floor down, Suite 340 of the St. Vincent East Pavilion.

Regarding COVID-19:

The clinic is open for both medical and vision appointments. Our optical shop is open by appointment as well. Please give us a call to schedule.

For your safety and that of our community, please note the changes to the hospital and clinic.

  • If you are not well or have been sick in the past week, please call so we can triage any ocular symptoms and reschedule your appt.
  • Please arrive no more than 10 mins before your appt. If you arrive early, you may be asked to wait in your car, as we do not have waiting area seating.
  • Your temperature will be taken when you enter the hospital.
  • Please bring only one attendant, ages 16+ years old.
  • Bring and wear a mask (both patient and attendant) while in the hospital and clinics.

Handling Iritis

Iritis Portland ORIritis is not a well-known condition. Iritis is inflammation that affects the iris, the colored ring around your pupil. The causes of iritis are often a mystery, and the condition can progress at different speeds.

But iritis isn’t to be taken lightly. If left untreated, iritis could lead to glaucoma or vision loss. We diagnose and treat iritis at The Eye Clinic.

What are the symptoms of iritis?

Iritis can occur in one or both eyes. It usually develops suddenly and lasts for 6-8 weeks. This is known as acute iritis. In some cases, the development is very slow. This is known as chronic iritis.

These are the symptoms:

  • Eye redness
  • Discomfort or achiness in the affected eye
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Decreased vision

What causes iritis?

In many patients, the exact cause can’t be pinpointed. These are possible causes of iritis:

  • Eye injury — Blunt force trauma, a burn, or a penetrating injury can lead to iritis.
  • Infections — Shingles on the face can cause iritis. Other infectious diseases, such as toxoplasmosis, tuberculosis, and syphilis, among others, can cause iritis.
  • Genetics — People who develop certain autoimmune diseases because of a gene alteration that affects the immune system can develop acute iritis.
  • Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis — This can lead to chronic iritis.
  • Sarcoidosis — Autoimmune disease that involves the growth of collections of granulomas in areas of the body, including the eyes.
  • Certain medications — Some drugs have a side effect of causing iritis.

Diagnosis and treatment

At The Eye Clinic, we check for iritis with an external examination, looking at the pattern of redness and discharge. We test for visual acuity. Then we perform a slit-lamp examination to view the inside of your eye to look for signs of iritis.

Iritis treatment is designed to preserve vision and relieve pain and inflammation. If the iritis is tied to another condition, obviously that condition will also need to be treated to properly address your iritis.

For treatment, we often use steroid eyedrops to reduce inflammation. Dilating eyedrops can reduce the pain and also protect the patient from developing complications that affect the pupil’s function.

If you have any of the symptoms of iritis, please call us at The Eye Clinic immediately, as this condition demands fast treatment.

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