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Uveitis in Children - Intro

How can I tell if my child has uveitis?

Acute uveitis has some fairly obvious symptoms:-
  • Painful, red eyes
  • Photophobia (sensitivity to bright light)
Often the eye can look normal and feel normal. The symptoms are usually small changes in a child's behaviour. Your child may:
  • avoid outside play, such as the playground and sports
  • be clumsy
  • watches television in a different or strange way
  • have difficulty seeing things you see
  • fall over frequently, bump into things, or trip on uneven ground
  • have swollen or painful joints, especially around the fingers and knees.
These symptoms may not all appear at the same time, and some might not appear at all.

The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Uveitis Support Group's Kids Section has useful information for parents, children and teachers.

Uveitis in Children
This is an article by Professor Susan Lightman of Moorfields hospital. It describes the different types of uveitis that children may experience.

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