BACK TOTOP Browse A-ZSearchBrowse A-ZABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ0-9 E-mail FormEmail ResultsName:Email address:Recipients Name:Recipients address:Message: Print-FriendlyBookmarksbookmarks-menuIntravitreal injectionAntibiotic - intravitreal injection; Triamcinolone - intravitreal injection; Dexamethasone - intravitreal injection; Lucentis - intravitreal injection; Avastin - intravitreal injection; Bevacizumab - intravitreal injection; Ranibizumab - intravitreal injection; Anti-VEGF medicines - intravitreal injection; Macular edema - intravitreal injection; Retinopathy - intravitreal injection; Retinal vein occlusion - intravitreal injectionAn intravitreal injection is a shot of medicine into the eye. The inside of the eye is filled with a jelly-like fluid (vitreous). During this procedure, your health care provider injects medicine into the vitreous, near the retina at the back of the eye. The medicine can treat certain eye problems and help protect your vision. This method is most often used to get a higher level of medicine to the retina. Description The procedure is done in your provider's office. It takes about 15 to 30 minutes.Drops will be placed in your eyes to widen (dilate) the pupils. You will lie face up in a comfortable position. Your eyes and eyelids will be cleaned. Numbing drops will be placed in your eye. A small device will keep your eyelids open during the procedure. You will be asked to look toward the other eye. Medicine will be injected into your eye with a small needle. You may feel pressure, but not pain. Antibiotic drops may be placed in your eye. Why the Procedure Is Performed You may have this procedure if you have:Macular degeneration -- An eye disorder that slowly destroys sharp, central vision Macular degenerationMacular degeneration is an eye disorder that slowly destroys sharp, central vision. This makes it difficult to see fine details and read. The diseas...Read Article Now Book Mark Article Macular edema: Swelling or thickening of the macula, the part of your eye that provides sharp, central vision Diabetic retinopathy -- A complication of diabetes, which can cause new, abnormal blood vessels to grow in the retina, the back part of your eye Diabetic retinopathyDiabetes can harm the eyes. It can damage the small blood vessels in the retina, the back part of your eye. This condition is called diabetic retin...Read Article Now Book Mark Article Uveitis -- Swelling and inflammation within the eyeball Retinal vein occlusion -- A blockage of the veins that carry blood away from the retina and out of the eye Retinal vein occlusionRetinal vein occlusion is a blockage of the small veins that carry blood away from the retina. The retina is the layer of tissue at the back of the ...Read Article Now Book Mark Article Endophthalmitis -- Infection in the inside of the eyeSometimes, an intravitreal injection of antibiotics and steroids is given as part of routine cataract surgery. This avoids having to use drops after surgery. Risks Side effects are rare, and many can be managed. They may include:Increased pressure in the eye Floaters Inflammation Bleeding Scratched cornea Scratched corneaCorneal injury is a wound to the part of the eye known as the cornea. The cornea is the crystal clear (transparent) tissue that covers the front of ...Read Article Now Book Mark Article Damage to the retina or surrounding nerves or structures Infection Vision loss Loss of the eye (very rare) Side effects from the medicines that are used Discuss the risks for specific medicines used in your eye with your provider. Before the Procedure Tell your provider about:Any health problems Medicines you take, including any over-the-counter medicines Any allergies Any bleeding tendencies After the Procedure Following the procedure:You may feel a few sensations in the eye such as pressure and grittiness, but there should not be pain. There may be a little bleeding on the white of the eye. This is normal and will go away. You may see eye floaters in your vision. They will improve over time. Eye floatersThe floating specks you sometimes see in front of your eyes are not on the surface of your eyes, but inside them. These floaters are bits of cell de...Read Article Now Book Mark Article DO NOT rub your eyes for several days. Avoid swimming for at least 3 days. Use eye drop medicine as directed. Report any eye pain or discomfort, redness, sensitivity to light, or changes in your vision to your provider right away.Schedule a follow-up appointment with your provider as directed. Outlook (Prognosis) Your outlook depends mostly on the condition being treated. Your vision may remain stable or improve after the procedure. You may need more than one injection.Open ReferencesReferencesAmerican Academy of Ophthalmology website. Age-related macular degeneration PPP 2019. www.aao.org/preferred-practice-pattern/age-related-macular-degeneration-ppp. Updated October 2019. Accessed February 5, 2021.Kim JW, Mansfield NC, Murphree AL. Retinoblastoma. In: Schachat AP, Sadda SVR, Hinton DR, Wilkinson CP, Wiedemann P, eds. Ryan's Retina. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2018:chap 132.Rodger DC, Shildkrot YE, Eliott D. Infectious endophthalmitis. In: Yanoff M, Duker JS, eds. Ophthalmology. 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2019:chap 7.9.Shultz RW, Maloney MH, Bakri SJ. Intravitreal injections and medication implants. In: Yanoff M, Duker JS, eds. Ophthalmology. 5th ed. 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