Identifying new forms of infectious uveitis
A pilot study using ganciclovir 2% eye drops showed treatment to be as efficacious as ganciclovir 0.15% gel for the control of CMV anterior uveitis without significant ocular surface side effects.
“The evidence suggests that more ophthalmologists should be performing aqueous sampling and viral testing in order to obtain a specific diagnosis for patients with hypertensive anterior uveitis,” Dr. Chee said. “PCR is a relatively recent molecular diagnostic tool that can amplify small amounts of viral DNA that has become more widely available commercially. Not all clinicians are aware of this diagnostic tool, but obtaining a specific diagnosis and identification of the infectious agent is the only way to choose the appropriate therapy.”