Which physical findings suggest uveitis?

Updated: Jan 15, 2019
  • Author: Monalisa N Muchatuta , MD, MS; Chief Editor: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP  more...
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Evaluate vital signs and check visual acuity and extraocular movement. Perform a funduscopic examination and measure intraocular pressure. Most importantly, perform a slit-lamp examination.

Findings of the examination of the lids, lashes, and lacrimal ducts are normal.

The conjunctival examination reveals 360° perilimbal injection, which increases in intensity as it approaches the limbus. Differentiate this condition from conjunctivitis, in which the pattern is reversed, with the most severe inflammation at a distance from the limbus.

Visual acuity may be decreased in the affected eye.

Extraocular movement is generally normal.

On the pupillary examination, the patient may experience direct photophobia when the light is directed into the affected eye, as well as consensual photophobia when light is directed into the uninvolved eye. Consensual photophobia is helpful in distinguishing between iritis and more superficial causes of photophobia, such as conjunctivitis. In the latter, direct, but not consensual, photophobia is noted. Pupillary miosis is common.

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