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What is Chorioretinitis?

Inflammation of the choroid (thin pigmented vascular tissue of the eye) and retina of the eye. It can be caused by various pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, fungus or protozoa. Other noninfectious diseases such as sarcoidosis can cause abnormal deposits in the eye which can also result in inflammation.

Symptoms may include:

  • Floating black spots
  • Blurred vision
  • Progressive loss of vision
  • Pain or redness in the eye
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Excessive tearing
  • Impaired night vision
  • Impaired color vision
  • Distortion of objects

Chorioretinitis may be treated with:

  • Corticosteroid eye drops, pills, or injections to control inflammation
  • Medications for an infection, which may be present or possible
  • Dilating drops—to prevent the iris from sticking to the lens underneath, and can reduce discomfort

To help reduce your chance of complications of chorioretinitis:

  • Have regular eye exams, especially if there is eye pain or vision problems
  • Monitor and properly treat any autoimmune diseases