If You Are Having Ocular Injections
Will I need a driver for my Injection appointment?
Yes, it is recommended that you have a driver on the day of the procedure. Your vision will be blurred, and you may see a large floater for up to a couple of days.
What is the swelling that is being treated?
The edema (swelling) in the macula is blood and/or fluid which comes from leaking vessels in the eye. This can be caused by different diseases such as diabetes, retinal vein occlusion or AMD (age-related macular degeneration). The edema can cause blurred vision and/or distorted vision.
How many injection treatments will I need?
This varies. It depends on the cause of the swelling.
In macular degeneration, an ongoing treatment is usually required as the swelling tends to recur if left untreated. In diabetes and retinal vein occlusion, the number of treatments needed are likely to be less than macular degeneration. Dr. Calotti will be able to advise you on your follow-up visit.
Will I need painkillers after the injection?
This is not likely. You may feel an ache/pain along the brow. You may also feel a gritty sensation in your eye. These are to be expected, and will resolve within a couple of days.
Do I need time off from work for treatment?
There is no recovery time necessary, however, your pupil(s) may be dilated, and therefore will not be able to drive and may not be able to perform tasks which are visually demanding for up to 5 hours from dilation time. Most patients would want to have the day off. If you do plan to return to work immediately, please keep in mind that you may be in the office for up to 2 hours for your appointment.
Will the injection hurt?
No, this is a painless procedure. You may experience mild pricking sensation in some areas which have more nerve endings. There is no lasting discomfort.