Intravitreal injections are used to deliver a high concentration of drug into the jelly of the eye so that the drug can directly target tissues within the eye. There are several conditions that may be treated with an intravitreal injection of a medication, including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vein occlusion.
An intravitreal injection is normally given in the clinic with topical/local anesthesia. Patients may experience a pinch at the moment of injection and irritation of the eye surface afterwards. Some patients may benefit from receiving repeat injections, possibly as often as every month. Some standard ophthalmology medications used for intravitreal injection are classified as “off-label,” meaning that they are not FDA-approved for use within the eye.
The risks of intravitreal injection are low, but include increased intraocular pressure, cataract, and eye infection. If you experience pain, decreased vision, or other concerning symptoms following an intravitreal injection, contact your physician immediately.
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