Chronic iritis is commonly treated with prescription eye drops to widen the pupil and reduce the risk of spasms of the eye muscles, according to WebMD. Steroid eye drops may also be used to treat iritis to help reduce pain and inflammation.
Some physicians may prescribe oral antibiotics to remove bacteria from the body causing the eye infection, explains WebMD. Patients with chronic iritis are typically treated with eye drops or oral medication for one week. If the infection does not heal within a week, it may be necessary to treat iritis with steroid injections around the eye or prescription steroid pills.
When the eye becomes inflamed, it is a condition called iritis, explains WebMD. The cause for iritis is often unknown; however, it can develop as a result of blunt trauma to the eye or as a symptom or side effect of diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease or psoriasis. Infectious causes include tuberculosis, syphilis, herpes viruses and Lyme disease in some patients.
Individuals with iritis experience pain in the brow region or around the eye, smaller pupils, blurred vision and headaches, according to WebMD. In some cases, the eye becomes a reddish color, and the eye pain worsens when exposed to bright lights.