Intraocular Injections

What are Intraocular Injections

These are injections that administer medication directly into the eye. There are several reasons why this would be required including bleeding and leaking vessels as well as inflammation.

What To Expect

The eye is numbed (with anesthesia), so there is no pain, and an iodine solution is used to clean the eye and decrease the risk of infection.

The injection is given through the white part of the eye (sclera) close to the front of the eye. The actual injection takes seconds to administer. There is no pain; some patients may feel pressure.

The eye may be irritated for a day or two after the injections. Cool compresses or artificial tears will help reduce discomfort. A red spot may be present at the site of the injection, and it will gradually fade away like a bruise. Sometimes, floaters may be present, especially when steroid medication is administered.

Risks of the procedure

Intraocular injections are typically very safe. Occasionally, some side effects can occur. There may be a spot of bleeding on the surface of the eye at the site of the injection. The bleeding is painless and should resolve over a few days. Infections, though rare, are the most serious risk. They occur in about 1 out of every 2000-3000 injections. Side effects outside the eye are rare, since a very small amount of medication is injected.

Concerning symptoms after the procedure? Call us immediately especially if these symptoms develop after the first 24 hours:

  • Decreased vision or increased floaters
  • Increased or new pain
  • Increased redness, swelling or discharge
  • Flashing lights
  • Shadow progressing towards the center of vision
  • New rashes or hives

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