Tofacitinib for the Treatment of Inflammatory Eye Disease
Non-infectious inflammatory eye disease, such as uveitis and scleritis, is a chronic, auto-immune process that leads to vision loss. While steroids are effective in the short term, the side-effect profile of chronic steroid use necessitates the identification of effective steroid-sparing therapies. Tofacitinib is a small molecule that inhibits the signaling pathways of multiple inflammatory cytokines. The investigators plan to evaluate whether tofacitinib may have efficacy for patients with uveitis and / or scleritis.
• diagnosis of uveitis
• a clinical response to steroids
• active disease requiring at least 10mg of prednisone daily (or steroid equivalent)