Dr. Charles Campbell like most modern day ophthalmologists feels intraocular medication injections are becoming standard of care for treatment of many retinal disorders. Intraocular medications are an effective way of medically modulating abnormal retinal blood vessels that may be leaking fluid.
Depending on the retinal problem, Dr. Campbell may recommend injections of the steroid medication Kenalog® (triamcinolone) to reduce retinal swelling, or anti–vascular endothelial growth factor medications such as Lucentis® (ranibizumab) or Avastin® (befacizumab) to stop the growth of abnormal blood vessels that occur in age related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and other retinal diseases.
The injections are performed in the office after the eye’s surface is made numb with anesthetic. Patients rarely feel any discomfort with the procedure. There is some transient blurring of the vision after the injection that subsides within a few days.
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