What Is Eylea?
Eylea is a drug used to treat wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It is also used to treat diabetic eye disease and other problems of the retina. It is injected into the eye to help slow vision loss from these and certain other diseases.
Eylea is the brand name for the drug, which is called aflibercept. It blocks the growth of abnormal blood vessels in the back of the eye. Those blood vessels can leak and affect vision, causing vision loss from wet AMD and diabetic eye disease.
Eylea is one of several anti-VEGF treatments that are injected into the eye.
What Are the Risks of Eylea Treatment?
Every treatment can have side effects. It is important to understand the benefits and risks of any treatment you might have.
Any eye injection, including Eylea, may cause these problems:
- eye infection (this happens in less than 1 in 1000 injections)
- detached retina (when the retina lifts up from the back of the eye)
- cataracts (clouding of the eye’s normally clear lens)
Other side effects may include:
Call your ophthalmologist right away if you have any of these problems within a few days of Eylea treatment.
If you have any questions about your eyes or your vision, be sure to ask. Your ophthalmologist is committed to protecting your sight.