Intravitreal injection is a shot of medicine placed directly into the vitreous cavity (a jelly-like substance) inside the eye. This nearly painless procedure helps treat many serious retinal conditions associated with vision loss, by administering medications such as:
- Anti-VEGF (anti-vascular endothelial growth factor) medicines: To treat diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusions, and macular degeneration
- Steroids: To treat inflammation inside the eyes
- Anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal medications: To treat infections
How are Intravitreal Injections Administered?
The retina specialists at Empire Retina take about 10 to 15 minutes for this procedure wherein the patients feel pressure, with little or no pain during the injection. The entire process is fairly simple:
- At the doctor’s office, you will sit comfortably in a reclining exam chair
- Eye drops or ointment will be placed into your eye to provide anesthesia
- After a few minutes, your eye will be cleaned with an antiseptic solution
- Next, the shot of medicine will be carefully injected into the eye where you may feel slight pressure, but no pain
- Your eye is washed off with a mild saline solution. And that’s it, you are done!