Eye Health

Updated 13 February 2015

Conditions affecting the iris

Do not disregard iritis: it can lead to glaucoma, cataracts or other complications.

Inflammation of the iris, the coloured part of the eye, is called iritis. Iritis may be associated with an underlying disorder such as sarcoid or tuberculosis. One or both eyes may be affected and may have minimal to moderate pain, decreased vision or light sensitivity. The condition may be recurrent and may result in glaucoma, cataracts and other complications.

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Useful resources:

South African Optometric Association
Tel: 011 805 4517

South African National Council for the Blind
Tel: 012 452 3811

Retina South Africa
Tel: 011 622 4904

Ophthalmological Society of South Africa


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Megan Goodman qualified as an optometrist from the University of Johannesburg and is currently practising at Tygerberg Academic Hospital in Cape Town. She has recently completed a Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology at Stellenbosch University. She has a keen interest in ocular pathology and evidence based medicine as well as contact lenses.

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