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Obtaining a complete history is an important aspect of making a diagnosis of uveitis, as it can provide insight into cause, precipitating factors, and associated underlying conditions. Uveitis can present unilaterally or bilaterally. Symptoms may develop acutely or insidiously, and may vary depending on the underlying etiology of the uveitis. Acute uveitis attacks are more commonly symptomatic and affect the anterior chamber. Symptoms of anterior uveitis include eye pain, eye redness, and photophobia. Intermediate, posterior, and panuveitis commonly present with floaters, blurry vision, and impaired vision. Chronic uveitis usually has an indolent courses and may not present with eye pain or redness.[1]


Obtaining a complete history is an important aspect of making a diagnosis of uveitis. It provides insight into cause, and associated underlying conditions. The presence of intermittent or persistent symptoms of uveitis unilaterally or bilaterally, in addition to any of the following, is suggestive of the following most common etiologies:


Uveitis can present unilaterally or bilaterally. Symptoms may develop acutely or insidiously, and may vary depending on the underlying etiology of the uveitis. Acute uveitis attacks are more commonly symptomatic and affect the anterior chamber. Chronic, indolent courses may not present with pain or eye redness.
Common symptoms of uveitis, according to anatomic location, include:[25][26]


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