Uveitis and Ocular Inflammation Service

The Uveitis and Ocular Inflammation Service at the USC Roski Eye Institute provides leading-edge expertise in the diagnosis, treatment and management of a broad range of inflammations and infections affecting the uveal tract, vitreous, retina and sclera. Uveitis is a general term describing a group of inflammatory diseases that produces swelling and destroys eye tissues. These diseases can lead to slightly reduced vision or progress further to severe vision loss.

Our Approach

Our experts specialize in the diagnosis of the various causes of uveitis in order to tailor treatment that will produce the best outcome. Our expertise lies in our ability to analyze fluid in the eye via molecular techniques in order to determine the cause of inflammation. If inflammation is caused by bacterial, viral, fungal or parasitic infections, we offer an appropriate treatment plan. Most noninfectious cases are believed to be caused by an autoimmune disorder. For this, we offer a range of treatment options, including the use of biological therapy if the need should arise. This type of treatment requires collaboration between ophthalmology and rheumatology physicians.

Often our services require a multidisciplinary approach in the treatment of uveitis, involving consultation with various subspecialists, since this condition can cause complications in the eye such as glaucoma, cataract or retinal detachment. Patients will be referred to our highly skilled team of ophthalmic surgical specialists within the USC Roski Eye Institute if surgical intervention is required.

Our Physicians: Narsing Rao, MD