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Scleritis is inflammation of the sclera (the white of the eye). The condition is rare and sometimes occurs along with rheumatoid arthritis or a digestive disorder such as Crohn’s disease. Scleritis usually affects people between ages 30 and 60. If the condition is not treated, the inflamed tissue could become perforated. Scleritis can affect one or both eyes.


Mild or moderate cases of scleritis are usually treated with anti-inflammatory medications such as corticosteroids, taken in eyedrops or in tablets. In severe cases, doctors may prescribe immune-suppressing drugs, which dampen the abnormal immune response and relieve inflammation. If the sclera is perforated, surgery is necessary to repair the damage.

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