How Do We Treat Uveitis?

Short term treatment for uveitis usually involves corticosteroid (or simply “steroid”) medications.

Steroids can be given as eyedrops, in pill form, or as injections in or around the eyeball.


Some patients require longer term treatment, and steroids may or may not be safe to use for long periods of time. These patients may benefit from treatment with immunomodulatory therapy. Common immunomodulatory drugs for uveitis are methotrexate, mycophenolate, and infliximab, cyclosporine, and azathioprine.

Patients should know that uveitis is an “orphan disease,” meaning that most of its treatments are “off label” and have not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). (The disease is simply too rare to attract investment by companies that produce medications.)

What Causes Uveitis