Eye drops are the go-to means of administering medicine into the eyes to address different eye problems. However, they are ineffective against problems affecting the retina at the back of the eye. Intravitreal injections are the ideal treatments for patients experiencing retinal problems, such as macular degeneration, retinal vein occlusion, and diabetic retinopathy.
What are the medications used in intravitreal injections?
- Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (Anti-VEGF) might prevent the growth of abnormal blood vessels, which could lead to bleeding, fluid leakage, and increased eye pressure.
- Steroids might be used to treat inflammatory conditions.
- Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, or anti-viral medications might be used to treat infections.
What happens after intravitreal injections?
You might feel mild irritation and discomfort in your eyes for a few hours as the anesthesia wears off. Your eyes might feel scratchy, gritty, or achy. However, you can control the discomfort with over-the-counter pain medications, like Tylenol. You may have an urge to rub your eyes, but you must resist that impulse because you might scratch the surface of your eye. You can resume most of your daily activities immediately.
Schedule your intravitreal injections in Bakersfield
At West Coast Eye Institute, our Harvard-trained retina specialists carefully examine your eyes, run eye exams, and curate the ideal treatment plans for you. We understand that no two eyes are the same, so all treatments should be personalized according to your unique goals and conditions. Please schedule an appointment to explore your intravitreal injection options in Bakersfield, CA.