Intravitreal Injections - The Procedure

Dr. Amit Gupta, MD, FACS, Ophthalmologist, talks about the steps involved and potential side effects when getting an intravitreal injection.

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Dr. Amit Gupta, MD, FACS, Ophthalmologist, talks about the steps involved and potential side effects when getting an intravitreal injection.
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Featuring Amit Gupta, MD, FACS, Ophthalmologist

Duration: 2 minutes, 3 seconds

The intravitreal injection procedure consists of freezing the eye and sterilizing the eye—those are the first steps. Your doctor may put in your eye a lit speculum that holds the lids open. After some time they will inject the eye with medication that is required, remove the speculum, they may rinse the eye, and the procedure itself is over.

After the procedure is done, you will feel that the eye is frozen, the lids will feel a little bit heavy, these are all common things after the procedure and are expected. When the freezing wears off, you may have a feeling of sand or grit in the eye, which will fade with time. There may be a red blotch on the white part of the eye, that too will fade with time and get better. You might get a few floaters, a little round ball floating around that looks like it’s on the bottom of your vision. That again goes away in a day or two.

So these are common side effects that occur with a procedure, by the next morning most of these are gone. The red blotch may last for many days, but you will see it gradually changing colour and fading.

All these side effects are not harmful. The red part on your eye—the red blotch on your eye, the biggest problem with it is everyone stops you and asks you “Oh my God, what happened to you?” But it doesn’t affect your vision, and it doesn’t cause any permanent damage; it’s like getting a bruise when you have blood drawn. It doesn’t look good, the difference here is that it’s on the eye so everyone notices that you have it. Aside from that it’s not a problem.

For more information, talk to your eye doctor, who can explain these effects and what to expect.

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

Local Practitioners: Ophthalmologist

Quiz: Do You Understand the Intravitreal Injection Procedure? ( 11 participated.)

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The intravitreal injection procedure doesn't require freezing the eye.

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When the freezing wears off, you may have a feeling of sand or grit in the eye.

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Seeing floaters after the intravitreal injection procedure isn't normal.

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There may be a red blotch on the white part of the eye after an intravitreal injection.

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Before the procedure, your doctor may put a lit speculum in your eye to hold the lids open.

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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