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Intra Vitreal Injections


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An intravitreal injection is a shot of the medicine into the eye. The inside of the eye is occupied with a jelly-like fluid called as vitreous. During this technique, doctor will inject the medicine into the vitreous fluid, which is near to the retina at the back of the eye. This medicine will cure certain eye problems & will also helps to protect the eye vision. Before starting this procedure discuss with your doctor about:

  • Any health related problems
  • Medicines you have taken, including any over-the-counter medicines
  • Any allergies
  • Any bleeding tendencies

Procedure:

The procedure takes about  10 minutes.

  • Drops will be introduced into your eyes to widen (dilate) the pupils.
  • Your eyes & eyelids will be cleaned.
  • Numbing drops will be inserted into your eye.
  • A small device will keep your eyelids open throughout the procedure.
  • You will be advised to look toward the other eye.
  • Medicine will be injected into the eye with the help of a small needle. You may feel pressure, but there will be not pain.
  • Antibiotic drops will be injected in your eye.

Why the Procedure is Performed

You will be suggested with this procedure if you are having:

  • Macular degeneration: An eye disorder which slowly destroys sharp, central vision
  • Macular edema: Swelling or thickening of macula, the part of eye which provides sharp, central vision which will cause abnormal, new blood vessels to grow in the retina, the back side of the eye
  • Inflammation & Swelling in the eyeball (uveitis)
  • Retinal vein occlusion: blockage of the veins which carry the blood away from retina & out of the eye
  • Infections in the inside part of the eye (endophthalmitis)
  • Diabetic retinopathy

Authored by Dr.S Tony Fernandez

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