Eye Injections and You

Thanks to advancements in optical medicine, eye injections are not nearly as scary as they sound. In fact, they’re now a common and effective way to treat a variety of diseases and conditions, including diabetic eye diseases, age-related macular degeneration, and retinal vein occlusion.

Why You May Need Eye Injections

Your doctor may recommend an eye injection if you have a condition that would benefit from the precise distribution of medicine that they provide. Direct eye injections, also known as intravitreal injections, apply the medication directly into the eye’s vitreous humor, the clear, jelly-like fluid that fills the area in your eye between your lens and retina. By injecting the medicine into the vitreous, it can quickly begin remedying the eye condition. Eye Injections are only recommended when the vision loss is a concern and no safer treatment options are available.

Eye doctor and her old patient

What to Expect When You Get Eye Injections

For those worried about pain, don’t be — the experience is quick, easy, and it is normal to be apprehensive. Our team will numb your eyes using eyedrops or numbing gel and use an antiseptic on your eye and eyelid to disinfect the area. We’ll use a small device that helps to hold your eye open comfortably and prevents any bacteria from entering your eye. Then, we’ll ask you to look in a certain direction, and you’ll likely feel a small bit of pressure as the medicine is administered. The entire process takes only between 10 to 15 minutes.

What Happens After an Eye Injection?

After the injection, our team members will clean your eye and the surrounding areas to remove the antiseptic. You may experience some irritation in your eye for a few hours after the injection, but this will clear up quickly. Although it’s rare, it’s also possible to have a bit of blood on your eye from the injection site. This is known as a subconjunctival hemorrhage and usually heals up in about a week.

Woman having an eye check
Eye doctor and her patient at Buffalo Ophthalmology

Eye Injections at Buffalo Ophthalmology

Though it may not be the first treatment you think of when it comes to your eye care, eye injections have recently provided breakthroughs in caring for conditions such as AMD. Our team of eye care experts can examine your eyes and determine if an injection can help your vision. If your vision and eye health can be improved by them, you can trust our experienced team at Buffalo Ophthalmology to provide you with easy, effective eye injections.

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