Drug-induced uveitis: A review

Indian J Ophthalmol. 2020 Sep;68(9):1799-1807. doi: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_816_20.


Uveitis maybe induced by the use of various medications known as drug-induced uveitis (DIU), though rare it is an important cause of uveitis which one needs to be aware of. The drugs may be administered through any route including systemic, topical, and intravitreal. Ocular inflammation can be in the form of anterior, intermediate, posterior or pan uveitis, and rarely may present as episcleritis and scleritis. Identification of drug as the offending agent of uveitis is important as many a times stopping the drug may help recover the uveitis or the concomitant use of corticosteroids. An extensive literature review was done using the Pubmed. An overview of DIU is provided as it is important for us to be aware of this clinical entity.

Keywords: Drug induced uveitis; uveitis with intravitreal drugs; uveitis with systemic drugs; uveitis with topicals; uveitis with vaccines.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones
  • Humans
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations*
  • Scleritis*
  • Uveitis* / chemically induced
  • Uveitis* / diagnosis
  • Vision Disorders


  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations