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Intraocular Injections Specialist

Retina Specialists -  - Retinal Ophthalmologist

Retina Specialists

Retinal Ophthalmologists located in Desoto, Texas & Plano, TX

An injection in your eye may seem terrifying, but intraocular injections are the most common internal eye treatment in the world. At Retina Specialists in Dallas, DeSoto, Plano, Mesquite, and Waxahachie, Texas, the team of ophthalmologists have administered countless intraocular injections to help patients with infections and degenerative eye conditions. To learn more about how intraocular injections can benefit you, call your nearest office or use the online booking tool to schedule your appointment today.

Intraocular Injections

What are intraocular injections?

An intraocular injection is targeted drug therapy that delivers a concentrated level of medication directly into your vitreous cavity. The vitreous cavity is the space in the back of your eye that is filled with a jelly-like fluid called vitreous humor gel. 

During this procedure, your ophthalmologist at Retina Specialists injects medicine into your vitreous cavity to treat certain eye problems and protect your vision. Retina Specialists offer anti-VEGF drugs, steroids, and antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal medications.

The injection is tailored to your specific needs and can treat a variety of retinal issues, like:

  • Macular degeneration
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Retinal vascular disease
  • Eye infections
  • Retinal detachment
  • Uveitis

Talk to an ophthalmologist at Retina Specialists to understand if intraocular injections can benefit you as research continues to expand the number of conditions that are treatable with this procedure.

What should I expect during an intraocular injection?

An intraocular injection is a delicate procedure performed by a trained expert at Retina Specialists who can ensure it’s administered safely. The treatment takes between 15-30 minutes and is performed at any of the five Retina Specialists clinics. 

During the procedure, your ophthalmologist places drops in your eye to dilate your pupils and numb your eye. They clean your eye and fit a small device to ensure that your eye remains open during the injection. 

Your ophthalmologist asks you to look to one side and injects the medicine into your eye using a small needle. After the injection, you receive antibiotic drops to reduce your chances of developing an infection.

Are intraocular injections painful?

An intraocular injection may be uncomfortable, but it shouldn't be painful. Retina Specialists provides drops to help with common post-injection symptoms like dry eye and surface irritation. 

However, if you experience any eye pain during or after your procedure, increased floaters, sensitivity to light, or decreased vision, talk to your specialist right away. 

How often do I need intraocular injections?

Prior to receiving any injections, your ophthalmologist at Retina Specialists assesses your eyes during an exam to determine if you’re a candidate for the procedure and whether you need multiple injections.

Some patients may only require a limited dose of medication that one injection can provide. However, if you have a chronic condition like macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy, your specialist may recommend a series of injections over several years.

To learn more about intraocular injections and if you’re a candidate for the treatment, call Retina Specialists or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.