CausesBy Mayo Clinic staff
Sometimes, the specific cause of uveitis isn't clear. However, in some people, uveitis is associated with:
- Autoimmune disorders, such as Behcet's disease, sarcoidosis or ankylosing spondylitis
- Inflammatory disorders, such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis
- Infections such as cat-scratch disease, herpes, syphilis, toxoplasmosis, tuberculosis or West Nile virus
- Eye injury
- Certain cancers, such as lymphoma, that can directly or indirectly affect the eye
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