Are There Risks Associated With Intravitreal Injections?

Dr. Amit Gupta, MD, FACS, Ophthalmologist, talks about safety and the low risks associated with intravitreal injections.

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Dr. Amit Gupta, MD, FACS, Ophthalmologist, talks about safety and the low risks associated with intravitreal injections.
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Featuring Dr. Amit Gupta, MD, FACS, Ophthalmologist

Duration: 1 minutes, 26 seconds

The risks of intravitreal injections are many, but fortunately, 99.9% of the time people do very well with the injections. They have good results, and they’re happy with the results.

Sometimes there are risks, as with anything in life, there are risks. And they can be as extreme as blindness, but fortunately, that’s rare. For those that can’t have intravitreal injections, for example in pregnancy are not recommended. For those people it is better then to have laser treatment.

That was the standby treatment—or that was the main treatment in the past. It is the backup treatment even now, in addition to the injections, and is an excellent alternative to the injections.

The third option is to have what is called vitrectomy surgery, which is a true surgery in the operating room. But that is reserved now for extreme cases of diabetic retinopathy that can’t be handled in the office by such things as injections and lasers.

For more information, talk to your eye doctor, your optometrist and your ophthalmologist.

Presenter: Dr. Amit Gupta, Ophthalmologist, Scarborough, ON

Local Practitioners: Ophthalmologist

Quiz: Do You Understand Are There Risks Associated With Intravitreal Injections? ( 13 participated.)

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There are many risks associated with intravitreal injections.

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Intravitreal injections are safe for pregnant women.

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Laser treatment can be an excellent alternative to intravitreal injections.

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People getting intravitreal injections are happy with the results about 50% of the time.

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Vitrectomy surgery is reserved for extreme cases of diabetic retinopathy that can’t be handled in the office by such things as injections and lasers.

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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