Intravitreal injections are the most common ophthalmic procedure performed in the United States. The medicine is injected into the vitreous, which is the gel-like fluid in the eye (near the retina). Injections are commonly used to treat eye conditions such as:
- Retinal vein occlusion
- Macular degeneration
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Swelling/Inflammation of the eye
- Eye infections
- Macular edema
Eylea, Lucentis, and Avastin are just a few of the many intravitreal injections that are available. An injection will be decided on between you and our ophthalmologist, depending on the eye condition that is being treated.
Intravitreal injections are performed in our office. The procedure typically takes less than 30 minutes. Eye drops are initially placed into the eye to dilate the patients pupils, along with numbing drops. A small device is placed to keep the patients eyelids open during the procedure. The injection itself is typically painless, although you may feel pressure on your eye.
It is highly recommended not to rub your eyes for several days following the injection. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled to track the progress of the injection.
For information and consultation regarding Intravitreal Injections, contact our main office at (405) 607-6699.