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Receiving an Intravitreal Injection

Prior to injection, your ophthalmologist will clean around your eye with a dilute iodine solution to reduce the small chance of infection.

A metal speculum will be used to hold the eyelids open so you won’t have to worry about blinking at the wrong time.  A small amount of local anaesthetic will be injected into the outmost layer of tissue on the eye.

Next the medication will be injected into the eye with a very fine needle.  The speculum will then be removed and you will be done!

The whole procedure takes less than five minutes.

If you have glaucoma, your eye surgeon may check your intraocular pressure a couple of hours after the injection.

After your injection you will be instructed not to rub your eye or get water in your eye for three days.

You may also be asked to use eyedrops four times a day for three days after the injection.

If you have any problems like decreased vision, something dark coming in from the edges of your visual field, or pain in the eye, you should call the office as soon as possible.

If your problem occurs after office hours or on the weekend, you should go to the Emergency Department nearest you.

Most patients have a little discomfort from the iodine or the speculum, and most patients receiving kenalog injections can see the drug floating around in the eye; it is very rare to have a serious problem from the injection.

Your ophthalmologist will schedule your next visit, usually for 4 weeks.

Information about eye conditions, disorders and treatments is presented courtesy of the Eye Physicians & Surgeons of Ontario.

Information about eye conditions, disorders and treatments is presented courtesy of the Eye Physicians & Surgeons of Ontario.