Clinical and demographic characteristics of patients with Uveitis starting later in life

Nalcacioglu-Yuksekkaya P., Ozdal P. C., Yazici A., Tirhis H.

Ocular Immunology and Inflammation, vol.23, no.4, pp.304-310, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 23 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.3109/09273948.2014.938761
  • Journal Name: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.304-310
  • Keywords: Diagnosis, epidemiology, older age, prognosis, uveitis
  • Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University Affiliated: No


Purpose: To evaluate uveitis cases presenting at older ages for the first time.Methods: We retrospectively analyzed the clinical data related to the 90 eyes of 68 patients who presented with a first episode of uveitis at the age of ≥60 years and were seen at the Uveitis Division of the Ulucanlar Eye Hospital from 1996 to 2013.Results: The location of the uveitis was anterior in 51 (75%) patients. Nine patients (13.2%) presented with panuveitis, 5 (7.3%) with posterior uveitis, and 3 (4.4%) patients with intermediate uveitis. Idiopathic uveitis in 23 (33.8%) and presumed herpetic anterior uveitis in 23 (33.8%) patients were the most common diagnoses, while other diagnostic entities accounted for 22 (32.3%) patients. The most common complications were elevation of intraocular pressure in 17.7%, cystoid macular edema (CME) in 11.1%, and corneal scar in 11.1% of eyes.Conclusions: While idiopathic uveitis and presumed herpetic anterior uveitis were the most common causes, although in an endemic country, Behçet disease was not a common cause of uveitis in the elderly population.