Many children with uveitis will simply need a short course of steroid drops and the uveitis will never come back.
However for children with JIA type uveitis, or those whose uveitis is stubborn and chronic, the road to remission can be much longer.
When inflammation is resistant to steroid eye drops, the next step a specialist can choose to take is the use of systematic steroids – that is to say steroids given via tablets, injections, or intravenously (IV).
However, topical and systematic steroids carry with them their own risks and complications, including cataracts and glaucoma, both of which can result in vision loss.
The treatment that children receive is the same as that of adults, including immunosuppressant therapy, and other additional drugs. The details of which can be found in the previous Treatment section.