Injections

Retinal conditions or diseases can sometimes be treated with intraocular injections. If a condition is diagnosed early enough, injections can slow or help stop a retinal disease from worsening. Diagnosis for which Dr. Budden may suggest injections include:

  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Retinal vein occlusion
  • Macular degeneration
  • Uveitis
  • Macular edema

Medications

The medications in injections will depend on the condition being treated. Injections are used to reduce macular swelling, to inhibit the growth of new and problematic blood vessels, and stop leaking blood vessels.

Steroids like Kenalog and Triesence (triamcinolone acetonide) can reduce inflammation/swelling in the retina.

Anti-VEFG (vascular endothelial growth factor) drugs block excess production of VEFG in the eye. VEFG is used in the body to produce new blood vessels but can be made in excess. This can cause abnormal blood vessel growth, leaking blood vessels, and visual impairment. Anti-VEFG drugs like Avastin (bevacizumab), Lucentis (ranibizumab), Eylea (aflibercept), Beovu (brolucizumab), Vabysmo (faricimab) can be injected into the retina to reverse or stop the damage caused by excess VEFG in the eye.

What to expect

The entire process of administering the injections takes minutes. Dr. Budden and/or his staff will clean your eye and place numbing eye drops to eliminate pain. They will place a speculum device on your eye to keep your eyelids from closing. Dr. Budden will inject the medication into the white part of your eye, known as the sclera. Most patients report some pressure with the needle insertion, but you shouldn’t expect to feel pain.

After monitoring you for several minutes, our team will provide recommendations and schedule any follow-up appointments. Dr. Budden will discuss with you if additional treatments are needed.

Request your appointment

To request your appointment, fill out the form below in its entirety. We will contact you within 24-48 hours to schedule your appointment. If you have additional questions, please call us at 504-354-9690 and our staff will be glad to assist you. Thank you for choosing Budden Retina! 

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