Injections in the eye
An injection into the eye, called an intravitreal injection, may be recommended to treat certain conditions. Injections can be given in at the office. Injections are generally painless and well tolerated.
An intravitreal injection places medicine directly into the vitreous, the jelly-like substance in the eye.
Anti-VEGF injections- anti-VEGFs can be used as a treatment to slow vision loss in people who have a condition called “wet” age related macular degeneration or for DME, diabetic macular edema.
Common Medications used during Intravitreal Injections are:
- Bevacizumab (Avastin)
- Ranibizumab (Lucentis)
- Pegatanib (Macugen)
- Aflibercept (Eyelea)
HOW DOES ANTI-VEGF TREATMENT HELP SLOW VISION LOSS IN PEOPLE WITH WET AMD?
Researchers have found that a certain chemical in your body is critical in causing abnormal blood vessels to grow under the retina. That chemical is called vascular endothelial growth factor, or VEGF. Blocking VEGF reduces the growth of abnormal blood vessels, slows their leakage, and helps to slow vision loss.