Instructions for Patients Receiving Intravitreal Injections

There are different types of intravitreal injections that are injected into the eye like:

·        Avastine

·        Lucentis

·        Elyea

·        Triamcinolone

·        Ozurdex

The purpose of these injections is to reduce loss of vision as well as help to prevent the growth of new blood vessels in the retina. Depending on the eye condition, the injection type will be determined. The eye is often injected once a month for three months, then the patient will be given, an appointment in retina clinic to evaluation.

Instructions after receiving intravitreal injection

·        If you have any prescribed eye drops or ointment, you should take them as usual; just ensure that you use a new bottle of each drop during the first week after the injection.

·        Do not allow water or shampoo to get into your injected eye for 24 hours after the injection.

·         Seek medical advice at Emergency at king Khaled eye Specialist and If you live outside Riyadh, you should seek medical advice at the nearest emergency room immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms 

1.     New floaters

2.     flashes of light

3.     Increased loss of central or peripheral vision beyond the level of vision loss that was present immediately before the medication injection.

4.     Eye pain

5.     Eye redness (of the lids or the white part of the eye)

6.     Lids swelling

7.     Unusual discharge from the eye