In-Office Retinal Procedures
in Metairie, LA

From retinal injections to ophthalmic steroids and laser therapy, patients in greater New Orleans can be treated for most retinal diagnoses in-office at Budden Retina. We base retinal treatment on individual patient needs and provide different treatment methods.

Knowing what to expect when undergoing treatment for retinal conditions can ease a patient’s mind and help the treatment process go smoothly. Our office offers a wide range of treatments, including intravitreal injections, anti-VEGF therapy, ophthalmic steroid, or laser therapy. Dr. Budden will provide a comprehensive evaluation of your eye health and discuss treatment options with you to determine the best solution for your condition.

Intravitreal Injections

Retinal injections are available at Budden Retina for patients in Metairie and Marrero, Louisiana. Injections are an important treatment used to manage advanced cases of chronic ocular diseases like wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy, which can lead to profound vision loss over time. If left untreated, these conditions can result in permanent blindness. At Budden Retina, we want you to feel confident moving forward if intravitreal injections are recommended.

How Are Intravitreal Injections Administered?

Intravitreal injections are administered by your retinal specialist using specialized medications. Anesthetic eye drops are provided before the injection to numb your eye. A tool called a speculum keeps your eye open during the procedure. The medication is injected into the back of your eye, near the retina, aiming to preserve vision and slow or stop disease progression.

The procedure takes less than 10 minutes. Minimal to no pain can be expected, although a feeling of pressure in the eye is common. You should be able to return to your daily activities immediately following the procedure. Any residual side effects, like red eyes, blurriness, slight irritation, or an increase in tear production, will typically resolve within two days. Depending on the condition being treated, full results from the injection may be noticed within a week. It could take up to 6 months for vision to improve with a chronic condition.

Anti-VEGF Therapy

Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) therapy is a treatment approach for conditions that are associated with abnormal blood vessel growth, such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and various forms of retinal vein occlusion. Anti-VEGF drugs include Avastin (bevacizumab), Lucentis (ranibizumab), Eylea (aflibercept), Beovu (brolucizumab), and Vabysmo (faricimab). These medications work by blocking the activity of VEGF proteins, which are responsible for triggering the formation and growth of new blood vessels in the retina. By inhibiting VEGF production, anti-VEGF treatment can prevent or reduce the damage caused by abnormal blood vessel growth.

Anti-VEGF treatment is available through intravitreal injections, as mentioned above, or topical ointments discussed below. This is currently one of the most effective approaches available for helping individuals regain their sight after experiencing vision loss due to retinal diseases.

Ophthalmic Steroids

Ophthalmic steroids are used to treat eye diseases like conjunctivitis, uveitis, and allergic reactions. They work by reducing inflammation and swelling in the eyes, which can help improve symptoms such as blurry vision, pain, and redness. Ophthalmic steroids come in both topical (eye drops) and oral forms and can be used alone or in combination with other medications depending on the specific condition being treated. If appropriate for you, ophthalmic steroids can significantly relieve chronic eye conditions symptoms.

Topical ophthalmic steroids come in a variety of different forms, including solutions, suspensions, ointments, gels, foams, and aerosols. These medications are generally applied directly to the eyes using a dropper or syringe. Oral steroids, such as prednisone, can be used when topical medications are insufficient or when systemic effects need to be addressed with eye symptoms. Oral steroids have a reduced risk of side effects due to the lower concentration of medication compared to topical treatments; however, oral steroids are more likely to cause serious adverse effects.

Ophthalmic steroids are a powerful treatment option for many individuals who suffer from chronic eye conditions caused by inflammation and abnormal blood vessel growth within their retinas. The administration of steroids under professional supervision is recommended.

Retinal Laser Therapy

Retina laser eye therapy is an advanced procedure used to treat various eye conditions that are associated with the retina, such as diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. A high-energy beam of light is used to target and eliminate areas of abnormal blood vessel growth or other tissue damage within the retina so proper healing can take place.

Using lasers to treat retinal conditions and diseases is a common practice. Lasers have improved in safety and efficiency since they were first introduced in ophthalmology. Today, many different types of laser treatments are available, like a focal thermal laser, retinal laser photocoagulation, and photodynamic laser therapy.

Retinal laser intervention patients often need little downtime for recovery. Lasers are non-invasive and can pass through several layers of the eye without damaging the retina. Both retinal specialists and patients alike often choose lasers over other treatment methods due to their widespread success.

In addition to providing symptom relief, retina laser surgery offers long-term protection against disease progression by preventing further deterioration in vision caused by new vessel formation or tissue damage within the retina. While there is no guarantee that the treatment will provide perfect outcomes for every patient, laser eye treatments are proven to improve visual acuity significantly.

What to Expect with Retinal Laser Therapy

Laser eye procedures typically take around 15 minutes and are performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. During a treatment, the retina specialist will direct a focused beam of light onto specific areas of the retina to selectively destroy damaged cells or vessels while minimizing disruption to healthy tissue. The precision provided by lasers reduces potential collateral damage during treatment.

After the treatment, patients may experience some minor discomfort, flashing lights, or blurry vision for up to 48 hours. These side effects should resolve quickly with no long-term effects. In most cases, laser therapy patients can expect improved vision within four weeks following treatment and full recovery within 6-12 months, depending on factors like age and severity of the condition treated.

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