Intravitreal injections

Intravitreal injections (“eye injections”) are commonly used for a wide variety of retinal diseases, including macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic eye disease, and retinal “stroke”. Newport Beach Retina Specialist Dr Kawji offers these injections in the office.

Here is what to expect after receiving an eye injection in Newport Beach by Orange County Retina Specialist Dr Kawji.

– Anesthetic eye drops and, sometimes, anesthetic injections are used to numb the eye to maximize comfort.
– Antiseptic is also applied before the injection to reduce the chance of infection.
– We strongly urge you to have a driver to transport you because your vision will be impaired.

Care After Eye Injections in Orange County:

  • Do not rub your eye after treatment
  • If an eye patch is applied, you may remove it after 2-4 hours
  • For relief of mild to moderate pain or irritation, an over-the-counter pain reliever (i.e. Tylenol) or cool compress/ice pack can be used
  • Artificial tears/lubricating drops can be used
  • You should not swim for 2 days
  • It is okay to shower and wash your face the next day

The following symptoms are common for 1-2 days after intravitreal injections:

  • Blurry vision
  • Tearing
  • Mild floaters or bubbles in your vision
  • Mild to moderate pain or irritation
  • “Eyelash in the eye” sensation
  • Redness (sometimes this can cover the entire white part of the eye and last a few weeks)
  • Bloody tears for 1-2 days after treatment
  • Runny nose

The following symptoms are NOT common after intravitreal injections. You should call our office immediately if you experience:

  • Severe, constant pain
  • New worsening pain after the first day
  • Significant decrease in vision
  • Severe, constant floaters
  • Curtain or veil in your vision

Please contact our office with any questions or concerns at 949-427-2020. For emergency eye doctor in Orange County, please select the option that connects you directly with the doctor.

Follow-up care is very important. Be sure to keep your scheduled appointment after an intravitreal injection with Orange County Retina Surgeon, Dr Kawji.