Biologic therapies for inflammatory eye disease

Clin Exp Ophthalmol. May-Jun 2006;34(4):365-74. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-9071.2006.01225.x.


The era of biologic medical therapies provides new options for patients with treatment-resistant inflammatory eye disease. In this review, the authors summarize current published experience in a rapidly progressing clinical field, including the use of biologics, such as the tumour necrosis factor blockers, daclizumab and rituximab, and related agents, interferons and intravenous immunoglobulin, for the treatment of uveitis, scleritis and orbital inflammation. Reports of dramatic recoveries in patients with recalcitrant ocular inflammation who have received such therapies must be balanced against the high cost of biologics and the potential for serious, and at times unanticipated, complications of this treatment.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / therapeutic use
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Murine-Derived
  • Daclizumab
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin G / therapeutic use
  • Immunoglobulins, Intravenous / therapeutic use
  • Immunosuppressive Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Interferon-alpha / therapeutic use
  • Orbital Pseudotumor / drug therapy*
  • Rituximab
  • Scleritis / drug therapy*
  • Uveitis / drug therapy*


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Murine-Derived
  • Immunoglobulin G
  • Immunoglobulins, Intravenous
  • Immunosuppressive Agents
  • Interferon-alpha
  • Rituximab
  • Daclizumab