Intravitreal injections are commonly used to treat retinal diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, macular edema, and retinal vein occlusion. Medications can be injected directly into the eye to help patients maintain their vision and keep vision loss at a minimum.
Prior to the injection your visual acuity will be checked in the eye that is receiving the injection. The eye will also be dilated. Along with the dilating drops, you will also receive antibiotic and anesthetizing medications. Photos and/or an OCT may be done prior to the injection.
The procedure will be done by your doctor - who will personally prepare the eye and prepare the medications.
After your injection, the eye may have some mild irritation at the injection site, this is normal and may be irritated by blinking. You may also notice what appears to be floaters in that eye. What you are seeing is the actual medication floating around your eye. Both of these side effects should dissipate within 2-3 days. Should you experience any sudden decrease in vision, intense pain, or continued redness please call the office. It is suggested that artificial tears that are availible over the counter be used for the first 24 hours to help with irritation.
Continue to use all pre-procedure medications unless instructed otherwise by your physician.