Intravitreal Injections at Lehigh Eye Specialists


What is an Intravitreal Injection?

An intravitreal injection is a shot used to administer medicine to the eye. Specifically, the medicine is injected into the vitreous, a jelly-like fluid, at the back of the eye. Drugs that are given via intravitreal injection include:

  • Anti-VEGF drugs
  • Steroids, which reduce inflammation
  • Antibiotics, antiviral and antifungal medications

Our retina specialists perform intravitreal injections in their office.

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When is an Intravitreal Injection Needed?

Administering medication through intravitreal injections is a very common and effective way to treat a variety of retinal conditions such as:

It is common for a patient’s treatment plan to include multiple injections over a period of time.

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What to Expect Before, During and After an Injection

Before your injection, you will be made comfortable in a reclining chair. Your eye will be anesthetized so you don’t feel the injection. A cleansing of the eye and eyelids will be done to kill bacteria and reduce the possibility of infection.

The total procedure will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Your doctor will instruct you to look in a certain direction based on where the injection is to take place. You can expect to feel very little, if any, pain during the injection. The feeling of pressure is very normal.

After the injection, you may have the sensation of having something in your eye. This is temporary and can usually be relieved with artificial tears. You may find that resting the eye provides relief.  You can return to normal activities without restriction.

If you experience any of the following symptoms after your injection, we ask that you contact us:

  • Moderate to severe eye pain or discomfort
  • Increased floaters after the first day
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Decreased vision

Trust the Experts at Lehigh Eye Specialists

An intravitreal injection is a widely performed and very safe procedure. We understand that it may sound scary to you. More often than not, patients report imagining it to be worse than it actually is. You can trust that our retina specialists take every measure to ensure your comfort and deliver your eye medication with the highest level of skill and expertise. 

We invite you to meet our retina specialist, Dr. Kazahaya, who provides clients with unparalleled care.

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About Lehigh Eye Specialists

Lehigh Eye Specialists is an industry leader in providing diagnoses and surgery for retinal diseases and conditions. Our retina specialist, Dr. Kazahaya, and his associates provide clients with unparalleled care.

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