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November 29, 1930


JAMA. 1930;95(22):1658-1661. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720220028008

Chronic anterior uveitis is one of the few ocular lesions that have no standardized, uniformly accepted nomenclature. This disease, which has been in the last twenty years the subject of numerous investigations, mostly pathologic, is characterized by: (1) a slow insidious course, so that years may pass without any serious visual impairment; (2) a primary involvement of the anterior part of the uveal tract, iris and ciliary body; (3) a lack of acute inflammatory signs and symptoms, such as pericorneal congestion, pain, photophobia and lacrimation, and (4) the presence of precipitates on the posterior surface of the cornea. The lack of irritation is only relative: not infrequently the eyeball becomes congested and the patient complains of some discomfort or pain. The same is true regarding the precipitates that are found in chronic anterior uveitis in most instances, but not necessarily in every case. The fundamental and permanent characteristics, the chronicity