Fuchs uveitis syndrome is a chronic non-granulomatous condition of uncertain cause.  There is usually unilateral heretochromia iridis, white eye with stellate and grey-white keratic precipitates. There are no posterior synechiae. 

On Gonioscopy may see fine radial angle vessels which are typically the source of haemorrhage with anterior chamber incision during surgery (Amsler sign)

History of Fuchs uveitis syndrome

1906Ernst Fuchs (1851-1930) described Uveitis Syndrome typically presenting with the triad of heterochromia (difference in colour of the iridies); cyclitis (very mild chronic cyclitis); and cataract.  Peripheral choroiditis can occasionally be observed.  The only serious complication is secondary glaucoma.

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Alternative names
  • Fuchs Heterochromic Cyclitis
  • Fuchs Complicated Heretochromia
  • Fuchs Syndrome


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