Purpose of review
Ocular sarcoidosis is one of the most common causes of uveitis worldwide. The diagnosis and treatment of patients with ocular sarcoidosis remains challenging in some cases. It is important for clinicians to keep up to date with new diagnostic and treatment tools for this disease.
The International Workshop on Ocular Sarcoidosis diagnostic criteria were first proposed in 2009 and revised in 2017. The new criteria contained two parts: ocular presentation and systemic investigation. The diagnostic value of liver enzymes was reduced in the new criteria, whereas the value placed of lymphopenia and the CD4/CD8 ratio in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid were increased. Despite not being included in the criteria, recent studies have also highlighted the diagnostic value of serum soluble interleukin-2 receptors. Recent ophthalmologic imaging also provides useful insights for the differential diagnosis.
Many new treatments for ocular sarcoidosis have been developed in recent years. The introduction of biological immunomodulatory agents for uveitis treatment represents a big improvement. Antitumor necrosis factor-alpha antibodies, including adalimumab, have been proven to be effective for treating ocular sarcoidosis. Many studies have also suggested that other biological agents could be effective and well tolerated. Newer intravitreal dexamethasone and fluocinolone implants have been developed. Patients treated with these implants have experienced good and sustained control of their intraocular inflammation.
Diagnosis and treatment options for ocular sarcoidosis have changed over time. However, challenges still exist in some difficult patients. Future studies should focus on finding more sensitive biomarkers and developing more effective immunomodulatory treatments with longer efficacy and less side effects.