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Iritis and diabetes

Type 1 diabetes may involve an inflammation of the iris of the eye.

The symptoms of an inflammation of the iris include redness of the eye, eye pain, light sensitivity and decreased vision. Unlike in external inflammations, there is no eye discharge. The medical term for an inflammation of the iris is iritis.

Sometimes iritis can be the first symptom of diabetes. As the inflammation of the iris normally affects young adults, the possibility of diabetes must be taken into consideration especially if a child, young person or middle-aged person with metabolic syndrome has iritis.

Updated 30.9.2023