We are experiencing exceptionally high volumes in our emergency rooms.
Every patient is important to us, and we are doing all we can to provide care quickly and efficiently.
Skip to main content
Go to homepage

Print Page

A to Z: Iridocyclitis

May also be called: Uveitis; Iritis; Anterior Uveitis

Iridocyclitis (ear-ih-doh-sy-CLY-tis) is inflammation of the iris and ciliary body, structures in the middle layer of the eye (uvea).

More to Know

The iris is the colored part of the eye. The dark circle at the center of the iris is the pupil. The iris controls the amount of light entering the eye through the pupil. Adjacent to the iris is the ciliary body, a ring of tissue that encircles the eye's lens. The ciliary body helps control the shape of the lens and secretes a fluid called aqueous humor that provides nutrients to the eye.

Iridocyclitis occurs when both the iris and ciliary body become inflamed. This can happen due to an injury, infection, a related condition such as arthritis, or for no apparent reason. Iridocyclitis can make eyes red, painful, and sensitive to light. And in rare cases, it can eventually lead to vision loss.

Keep in Mind

Most cases of iridocyclitis are mild and temporary and will clear up in a few days or weeks. Iridocyclitis caused by an infection or disease usually can be corrected by treating the underlying condition. Treatment should start as early as possible to minimize the risk of vision damage.

All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.

What next?

Summit Mall Play Area
Answer Key:
Click to expand
There are 10 nurses in the picture.

And we have many more pediatric primary care providers in Northeast Ohio. You can meet some of them here.
Summit Mall Play Area
Answer Key:
Click to expand
The five differences are:
– Phone color
– Coat pocket
– Stethoscope earpiece color
– Stethoscope bell dot
– Clipboard paper color

Need help finding a doctor, choosing a location or getting a general question about Akron Children's answered? Call us or fill out the form and we'll help in any way we can.
Summit Mall Play Area
Answer Key:
Click to expand
The two matching doctors are 9 and 14.

With virtual visits, you can see our pediatric experts from the comfort of home or wherever you are.
Summit Mall Play Area
Answer Key:
Click to expand
The correct path:
The Correct Path
We offer many ways to get pediatric care all over Northeast Ohio. Use this page to find the right kind of care and the most convenient location for you.