• Eye Injections

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    Reviewed By Ninel Z Gregori MD
    Edited By David Turbert
    Dec. 06, 2021

    Did you know that sticking a needle in your eye could save your sight?

    More specifically, ophthalmologists inject medication directly into your eyeball to treat certain conditions. Ophthalmologists call these shots intravitreal injections, and they can save your sight.

    Diabetic eye disease, AMD and retinal vein occlusion respond well to medication injections. The treatment improves vision for many patients!

    What To Expect During an Eye Injection

    So what should you expect if your ophthalmologist recommends an eye injection?

    1. An anesthetic will numb the surface of your eyeball so you don’t feel pain. The anesthetic may be in eyedrop or eye gel form. Sometimes you might get a small injection of numbing medicine.
    2. An antiseptic on your eye and eyelids will help prevent infection from bacteria near the eye.
    3. Your ophthalmologist will likely help you hold your eye open with a small device called a speculum. It also helps to prevent infection from bacteria on the lids.
    4. Your ophthalmologist will ask you to look in a certain direction to help you not to see the needle and help them inject medicine in a specific part of the eye.
    5. You will get the injection. The needle is very thin. You will probably feel only pressure and not a sharp sensation. The injection is through the white part of your eye.

    Your ophthalmologist will remove the eyelid speculum after the injection. They will clean your eye to remove the antiseptic. They will also check the eye to make sure there are no problems or complications. The typical injection process usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes from start to finish.

    What to Expect After an Eye Injection

    For a few hours, you may have some eye irritation. You could also have a spot of blood on the eye (called a subconjunctival hemorrhage) at the injection site. This happens rarely and usually clears up within a week.

    Fortunately, complications after eye injections are rare. But you should call your ophthalmologist if you have any of the following signs or symptoms: