Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a rare form of inflammatory systemic arthritis that mainly affects the back. Because AS is a systemic condition, inflammation associated with it can affect other areas, including the eyes.
As with other types of arthritis, there is no cure for AS. Treatment focuses on relieving the symptoms, slowing the progression of the condition, and preserving the quality of life.
A person with AS should be aware of how it can impact their eyes and speak with their doctor if they have any eye issues.
Below, learn about some common conditions that a person with AS may experience and some general tips for supporting eye health.
Anterior uveitis, also known as iritis, is inflammation of a part of the eye called the uvea, which is located toward the middle of the eye.
Anterior uveitis is one of four types of uveitis — and the most common. It occurs toward the front of the uvea and affects the iris, the colored tissue.
According to one 2017 study, as many as 40% of…