What are intravitreal eye injections?

Intravitreal eye injections are a procedure performed in the eye clinic to deliver medication into the vitreous cavity (the back part of your eye). The drugs that are most commonly given include anti-vascular endothelial growth factor agents (Eylea®, Lucentis ®), and corticosteroids. These medications treat retinal swelling and bleeding caused by macular degeneration, retinal vein occlusions, and diabetic retinopathy.

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How is an intravitreal eye injection performed?

Reclined in clinic

The procedure is performed with you reclined in the clinic. Rarely, the injection is done in a day surgery. It takes only a few minutes.

Minimal or no discomfort

Your eye is extensively numbed with anaesthetic eye drops or gels. Many patients feel nothing whatsoever, or feel only a brief pressure sensation.

To make the procedure as comfortable as possible, Dr Andrew uses the premium Invisible Needle™. This is literally the finest needle in the world.

No specific after care required

You are usually able to drive home that same day. We endeavor to have your entire appointment completed within 45 minutes. Your eye often feels gritty that night due to the antiseptic solution required, but you are able to shower and do all your normal activities. No post-injection eyedrops are necessary.

What to expect following the injection:

  • intravitreal injection. macular degenerationBubbles or cobwebs in your vision. These usually resolve completely within 24 hours.
  • Discomfort / grittiness for up to 24 hours. This begins after the anaesthetic wears off. It is due to the strong antiseptic solution required (not the needle). Very rarely, the discomfort is strong. Fortunately, it improves quickly.
  • A bloodshot eye occasionally occurs. It will clear in 1-2 weeks.

You should phone your eye doctor if you experience any of the following after an injection:

  • Seeing flashing lights or dark shadows in the periphery of your vision.
  • Signs of an infection, such as:
    • Eye pain and redness beginning after day 3.
    • Progressive floaters (blobs) in your vision, beginning after day 3

What can you do immediately after an intravitreal eye injection?

  • You can read, watch television, work, and go about your normal household activities as much as you wish.
  • You can shower
  • You can do light exercise. You can resume swimming, and heavy lifting (>20kg) after 24 hours.

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Dr Nick Andrew

Ophthalmologist and Eye Surgeon Gold Coast

Sight Specialists, Level 2, 95 Nerang St, Southport QLD 4215

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