Multidisciplinary management in the diagnosis and management of patients with ocular inflammatory disease is often critical. The workup of uveitis or scleritis may reveal an underlying systemic disease. Recognition of inflammation by the primary care physician can facilitate prompt referral to a uveitis specialist and improve patient outcomes. The primary care physician can assist the ophthalmologist in monitoring for potential side effects of corticosteroids and immunosuppressive drugs, including the newer biologic agents. The ophthalmologist in turn can assist the primary care physician in recognizing that active uveitis may suggest incomplete control of preexisting conditions.
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