There are 2 names in this directory beginning with the letter V.
Viritis is an inflammation of the jelly in the posterior portion of the eye. This jelly which keeps the eye from collapsing may be inflamed from infection, auto-immune disorders and rarely, tumors. Patients with viritis may notice redness of the eye, sensitivity to light, blurred vision, or spots. A Physical exam as well as obtaining blood work is needed to determine the cause of the Viritis. Treatment for viritis requires steroids to control the inflammation and sometimes dilating drops to either make the eye more comfortable or to prevent other complications. The dosage and length of time of treatment varies from patient to patient. Viritis can return after the medication has been stopped, thus, one should look for re-occurrence and report it immediately. If the Viritis is present for an extended period of time, glaucoma and/or cataracts may occur.
Vitreous hemorrhage is a condition of intraocular (inside the eye) bleeding. Patients may experience sudden vision loss and floaters or “spots” in their vision. The condition is due to bleeding from the retinal vessels or underlying choroid. The most common causes of vitreous hemorrhage are proliferate diabetic retinopathy, a retinal tear or detachment, posterior vitreous separation or central or branch retinal vein occlusions.