Our daughter Olivia is 12 and has been battling uveitis since she was five. Unfortunately, our story is not unique. We live in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia and received Olivia’s diagnosis somewhat by accident during a routine eye exam in preparation for kindergarten. We sought treatment from countless doctors in our area only to find that the steroid-based treatments working to control her uveitis would not help her long term and, in fact, were damaging her in other ways. Olivia’s vision was deteriorating. She was experiencing severe eight swings. She was constantly nauseous. She developed uncontrolled glaucoma. The prognosis we were given was devastating. Olivia would probably lose her vision. She was also struggling at school and at least one teacher suggested she begin learning to use Braille. Luckily, uor pediatric ophthalmologist took the time to research Olivia’s disease. Recognizing that his own expertise was limited, he referred us to Dr. Foster.
Like many who have sought treatment with Dr. Foster, after our first visit, our lives and our outlook completely changed. For the very first time, we were not only surrounded by professionals who knew what uveitis was, we were surrounded by professionals who had battled it and won. We also found solace with and became involved in the support group. We developed a partnership between Dr. Foster and our local doctors and found a treatment option that was effective in controlling our daughter’s inflammation.
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Uveitis and Steroid-Sparing Therapy
Presented by C. Stephen Foster, MD, FACS, FACR
Audio-Digest Ophthalmology Volume 56, Issue 15