We know that medical terms can sometimes cause confusion. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to intravitreal injections for you.
What are intravitreal injections?
These are treatments in which drugs are injected directly into the eye, more precisely into the vitreous body. The vitreous humor is the gel-like substance inside the eye. It may sound complicated, but we assure you, it's easier than it sounds!
Why do you need this treatment?
Such injections are used to treat certain eye diseases that cannot be treated with eye drops or tablets. These include, for example, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
Is the procedure painful?
Before we perform the injection, we will numb your eye with drops. So you should not feel any pain during the procedure. It may feel a little strange, but that feeling passes quickly.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure itself takes only a few minutes. However, we ask that you arrive a little early to prepare and stay a short time for observation after the injection.
Are there any side effects?
As with any medical procedure, there are potential side effects, but they are rare. This may include redness, swelling or a slight feeling of pressure in the eye. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
How do you prepare?
There are no special preparations. However, it would be good if you do not come alone, as your vision may be impaired for a short time after the treatment.
What happens after the treatment?
After the injection, we recommend that you rest and take care of the eye. Avoid strenuous activities and protect the eye from direct water.
When will you see results?
The effect of the treatment may vary. Some patients notice improvement within a few days, others have to wait several weeks.
We hope this guide helps you understand more about intravitreal injections. Our goal is to make you feel safe and well taken care of. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!