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Posttraumatic Iridocyclitis

(Traumatic Anterior Uveitis; Traumatic Iritis)

By

Ann P. Murchison

, MD, MPH, Wills Eye Emergency Department, Wills Eye Hospital

Last full review/revision Sep 2020| Content last modified Sep 2020
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Posttraumatic iridocyclitis is an inflammatory reaction of the uvea and iris, typically developing within 3 days of blunt eye trauma.

Symptoms of posttraumatic iridocyclitis include tearing, throbbing ache and redness of the eye, photophobia, and blurred vision. The pupil may be dilated. Diagnosis is by history, symptoms, and slit-lamp examination, which typically reveals flare (due to an increase in protein content of the aqueous humor from the inflammatory exudate) and white blood cells in the anterior chamber. Treatment of posttraumatic iridocyclitis involves a cycloplegic (usually scopolamine 0.25% 3 times a day or homatropine 5% 3 times a day) and topical corticosteroids (eg, prednisolone acetate 1% 4 to 8 times a day).

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