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Journal of Ophthalmology
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 509456, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/509456
Review Article

Uveitis in the Aging Eye: Incidence, Patterns, and Differential Diagnosis

Department of Ophthalmology, American University of Beirut Medical Center, P.O. Box 11-0236/D41, Riad El Solh, Beirut 11072020, Lebanon

Received 16 March 2015; Accepted 27 April 2015

Academic Editor: Farzin Forooghian

Copyright © 2015 Marwan R. Abdulaal et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Uveitis is a vision threatening inflammation of the eye that carries considerable morbidity. It is responsible for 10% of legal blindness in the United States and up to 25% in the developing world. Uveitis in patients more than 60 years of age is less common. The aging body has a changing response of the immune system, which might reflect a different pattern of uveitis in the elderly population. In this paper we review the incidence and patterns of uveitis in the elderly as reported in the literature and discuss changes with time. We also delineate a thorough differential diagnosis of de novo uveitis in the elderly.