Intravitreal Injection into the Eye
Your doctor has ordered an intravitreal injection of ______________________
into your __________ eye.
This handout will tell you what to expect before, during, and after treatment. You
may want to write down any questions you have so that you can ask your doctor or
nurse about it before the treatment.
The doctor will explain the treatment, the reason for it, and the type of medicine as
well as any side effects you might notice. You will be asked to sign a consent
form for the treatment.
Before the Procedure
Please allow 1 to 1 ½ hours for your treatment visit. We will check your vision
and dilate your pupil. You may be taken to a different room for a retina scan.
During the Procedure
Numbing eye drops will be put into your eye. The eye, lashes, and eyelids will be
cleaned with an iodine solution. Please let us know if you are allergic to iodine.
An eye lid retractor may be used to keep your eye open and the eyelids and lashes
away from the injection site. You may feel it, but it should not be painful.
The doctor will tell you which way to look, and you may feel some pressure as the
medicine is injected. This only takes a few seconds.
After the Procedure
The doctor may apply light pressure to the area with a cotton-tip swab. The doctor
will remove the eyelid retractor. The doctor will look at your eye to be sure the
eye pressure is okay. The doctor will talk to you about eye medicines and a follow
up visit. You should avoid rubbing the treated eye for 1 day after the treatment.
After the treatment, you may notice one or more “floaters” or dark spots moving in
your vision. This is normal. When you look in a mirror, you may notice a red spot
on your eye at the site of the injection. This is also normal.
Bring a driver. Do not plan to drive home after the treatment.
If you have a decrease in vision or pain in the treated eye, call the eye clinic right
University Station Eye Clinic, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
When the clinic is closed, your call will be forwarded to the hospital paging
operator. Ask for the “Eye Resident on Call”. Give the operator your name and
phone number with area code. The doctor will call you back.
If you live out of the area, call 1-800-323-8942 and ask to be transferred to the
Please call if you have any questions or concerns.
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Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright 1/2016. University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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