Intravitreal Injection - In Office Procedure for AMD/DME
An intravitreal injection is a procedure in which medicines are injected directly into the jelly-like material inside your eye known as the vitreous.
Why are these injections given?
Intravitreal injections are a common method to treat retinal diseases such as Diabetic Macular Oedema, Age-related Macular Degeneration, and macular oedema secondary to Retinal Vein Occlusions.
How is the procedure performed?
This procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis. Firstly. your ophthalmologist will numb your eye with anaesthetic drops. Special instruments will be used to keep your eye open. Your eye will then be washed with an antiseptic solution. Depending on your condition, your ophthalmologist will inject the appropriate medication directly into the vitreous of your eye. An antibiotic ointment will be applied before your eye is patched.
The majority of patients will need to have this procedure repeated at regular intervals in order to maintain good vision.
What will I experience following the procedure?
It is quite normal to feel pressure or mild discomfort during the procedure. Some patients may see floaters or develop superficial bleeding on the white surface of their eyes. These side effects usually resolve spontaneously or can be managed easily using lubricating eye drops.
However, you should report to your ophthalmologist if you experience any of the following symptoms after the procedure:
- Flashes in your eye
- Sudden increase in floaters in your eye
- Reduced vision
Any of the above symptoms could be a sign of infection or other complications.