I have iritis in both eyes

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The last several months I have been treated by my optometry doctor for iritis in both eyes (steroid eye drops). I have also had some gel from the back of my eye come forward causing some floaters in both eyes.

He would like me to see an MD to find the cause of the iritis. 1) I assumed the iritis and floaters were related and today he told me they aren't. Is the always the case? 2) Can you explain what iritis is and possible results if left untreated?

I have also been seeing a chiropractor who practices applied kinesiology, and he said the iritis is caused by a bacterial infection. He did some bloodwork and it showed traces of Lymes (but not a high enough amount for me to considered to have Lymes by the CDC) and my white blood cell count was high in a certain area - he said that is consistent with an established bacterial infection.






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Iritis is type of uveitis or inflammation of the eye. If it is in one eye and only iritis there is no problem and no need to do systemic workouts but if iritis in both eyes or associated with inflammation in the vitreous and retina you should do systemic workouts to rule out any systemic associations.

Iritis alone can't cause floaters.
Treatment is be pred forte eye drops and if not treated it can cause adhesions inside your eyes with complications in he long run such as cataract and glaucoma

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Thank you very much for your reply. I'm curious, if I went to see an MD for the iritis, what kinds of things would they test for?

Also, if the iritis and floaters are unrelated, what kinds of things could cause the floaters

Thank you by: Beth

Dear Doctor,

Thank you for your help and insight into answering my question about iritis. Apparently, I didn't know I had iritis when I went to the eye doctor. I went to him because I had a large black floater in my eye the shape of a "V", and some curved flashes before it started floating freely. When he was looking in my eye, he said he saw white blood cells, but I haven't been having any redness or pain. If I don't have redness or pain, is there any way that I can tell if I have iritis? I have had large clusters of very small, clear, round things floating in my eyes. Is that a symptom of iritis or is that a separate issue

Response to beth

There is something called Fuchs iritis in which there is iritis with floaters and the eye is white with no pain or redness. I think you have to visit an eye doctor that is specialized in uveitis.


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