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A Journal on Ophthalmology
Minerva Oftalmologica 2009 March;51(1):5-14
Uveitis: the role of the general ophthalmolo-gist
Orsoni J. G., Gonzales S.
U.O. ”Malattie Infiammatorie ed Autoimmuni Oculari” Sezione di Oftalmologia Dipartimento di Scienze
Otorino-odonto-oftalmologiche e cervico-facciali Università di Parma, Parma, Italia
Almost always, it is the patient’s general ophthalmologist who is the first to discover their uveitis: he thus has a crucial role in handling each individual patient. In fact, if the inflammation does not respond to the initial therapy and there is a relapse, severe ocular impairment may too often follow. It is thus indispensable that the general ophthalmologist follow logical diagnostic guidelines in treating uveitis, and intervene as early as possible with suitable drugs. He must also be aware of which patients can be managed successfully by himself and which must be sent to Referral Centres. The purpose of this article is to offer the general ophthalmologist a diagnostic flow-chart useful in clinical practice.