I've been diagnosed with wet AMD and I've been told that I’ll have to get injections in my eye. How is it done and will it hurt? 

Intravitreal injections must be administered for the patient's safety and comfort in surgical theatres and white rooms and, therefore, under strictly sterile conditions. No pre-operative preparation is required and it is an outpatients technique (admission is not required). It is simple to administer, it can be done under topical anaesthesia (instillation of anaesthetic drops) and is well tolerated by patients. 

The administration of the injection is practically painless thanks to the instillation of anaesthetic drops prior to the procedure. Subsequently it shouldn't be irritating, but if you have acute pain, red eye or have poorer eyesight than usual, you should see your ophthalmologist.

Dr. Sònia Viver, Ophthamologist at the Barraquer Ophthalmology Centre


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