What are the Ophthalmological Infectious Diseases?

What is uveitis and what are the infectious diseases that may attack the eye, how to diagnose them and how to treat them?

Ophthalmological infectious diseases is a rare group of diseases, the main one is called uveitis (infection of the uvea). Unlike “regular” eye infections, uveitis and the like involve inner parts of the eye. Therefore, these diseases might infer great damages to your sight.

Ophthalmological infectious diseases can appear in any age but they are more common amongst young adults and children. In some cases these diseases might be caused as a secondary symptom to other infectious diseases of the body, like an infectious bowel disease or rheumatoid arthritis.

How to Diagnose Ophthalmological Infectious Diseases?
The primary diagnosis is usually conducted with your community ophthalmologist, who will refer you to continue the clarification in the ophthalmology clinic. Later on, there might be need for eye imaging, eye photos and various blood tests

The disease symptoms are identical, usually, and include:

  • Pain
  • Redness and tears
  • Discomfort
  • Decrease in vision
  • Vision disruptions
  • Change in the iris color
  • And more

How to Treat Ophthalmological Infectious Diseases?
The main treatment is by using steroids provided in drops, orally or intravenously. In some cases, where long-term treatment is required, we shall consider providing certain chemotherapy drugs, in order to decrease the use of steroids.

Treating ophthalmological infectious diseases (uveitis) is done within the ophthalmology clinic in the Kaplan Medical Center. However, it is important to note, that in severe cases, there might be need of admittance, especially if the patient arrived with an urgent referral from the emergency medicine department (Emergency room)

The eye and eye socket plastics clinic is a part of the ophthalmology ward in the Kaplan Medical Center. A referral to the eye clinic can be obtained from your ophthalmologist, using the form no. 17.

Medical staff

Attending doctors
Dr. Yuval Oren