Intravitreal Injections

Connecticut Retina Consultants

Ophthalmologists & Retina Specialists located in New Haven, CT & Fairfield County, CT

Having intravitreal injections into your eye might sound scary, but they’re actually one of the safest and best treatments for many serious eye conditions. The highly qualified ophthalmologists at Connecticut Retina Consultants have considerable experience in administering intravitreal injections to patients at their offices in New Haven, Hamden, Madison, Trumbull, and Fairfield, Connecticut. Call Connecticut Retina Consultants today to find out more or to arrange a consultation.

Intravitreal Injections Q & A

What are intravitreal injections?

Intravitreal injections are a method of introducing medications directly into your eye. The needle goes into the vitreous cavity inside your eye through the sclera, which is the white portion of your eye.

Intravitreal injections are one of the most widespread medical procedures carried out in the United States, and they offer patients significant benefits.

What medications are used in intravitreal injections?

Medications suitable for injection into the eye include:

  • Anti-VEGF agents (Avastin®, Eylea®, Lucentis®)
  • Steroids (Kenalog®, Triesence®)
  • Antibiotics
  • Anti-virals
  • Anti-fungal medicines

Antibiotics, anti-virals, and anti-fungal medications are used to treat eye infections such as endophthalmitis and retinitis.

Anti-VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) agents are used to treat conditions including AMD (age-related macular degeneration), diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vein occlusion.

You might need steroids to reduce inflammation, often in combination with anti-VEGF agents.

What happens during an intravitreal injection procedure?

You may feel apprehensive about having an intravitreal injection, because the idea of having a needle in your eye might sound both unpleasant and painful. In fact, intravitreal injections are a safe form of treatment, and most patients find their fears are completely unfounded.

Your ophthalmologist at Connecticut Retina Consultants carries out the intravitreal injection in their office. The entire procedure typically takes 5-10 minutes.

Before the injection, you use eye drops or have a small, painless injection of anesthetic that completely numbs your eye. Your ophthalmologist then uses an antiseptic solution and inserts a small eyelid speculum to hold the eyelid out of the way.

The intravitreal injection itself uses a very small needle. You won’t feel the needle go in because of the anesthetic.

Afterward, you can go about your day as normal. You might experience a mild irritation in your eye once the anesthetic wears off, and some patients have slight bleeding in the sclera or white of the eye for up to a week after intravitreal injection.

More serious complications from intravitreal injections are rare. They include increased eye pressure and cataract progression after a steroid injection, retinal detachment, and endophthalmitis.

Generally, however, intravitreal injections are the best and safest treatment for many eye conditions.

To find out more or arrange a consultation, call Connecticut Retina Consultants today.