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Does uveitis affect children differently than adults?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Uveitis that affects children (below the age of 16) is known as pediatric uveitis. Often, it is difficult to pinpoint a cause for pediatric uveitis. In the United States, there are about 11,000 cases of pediatric uveitis at any point in time. About 40 percent of these are posterior uveitis cases that blind a large percentage of children. Many children undergo recurring episodes of uveitis and the cumulative damage caused by corticosteroids and the disease might eventually lead to permanent loss of vision. Timely diagnosis and treatment is the key to avoid irreversible damage.

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