Intravitreal Injections

Retina Specialists of Colorado

Retina Specialist located in Aurora, CO

If you have a problem in the back of your eye, intravitreal injections are the best way to address them directly for faster relief. At Retina Specialists of Colorado, Dr. Ross Chod turns to intravitreal injections to stop the progression of many retinal diseases that can cause vision loss. If you’re in Aurora, Colorado, and you’d like to explore your treatment options, call the office or request an appointment by filling out the online form.

Intravitreal Injections Q & A

Retina Specialists of Colorado

What are intravitreal injections?

Your eye is mostly made up of a gel-like substance called vitreous, which helps maintain the shape of your eye by filling the space between your lens and your retina. Using vitreous injections, Dr. Chod transverses this area in order to deliver medicine directly to the back of your eyes where your retina is located.

Using this technique, Dr. Chod is able to get to the source of the problem more quickly and relieve your symptoms. When it comes to intravitreal injections, he typically turns to two types:

Anti-VEGF

Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) is an injection that reduces new blood vessel growth in order to slow the progression of many eye diseases. New blood vessel growth often leads to leaking and scarring, which can seriously impair your vision.

Steroids

Eye diseases often cause swelling in the back of your eye that compromises your retina. Using steroids, Dr. Chod is able to bring the swelling down to prevent damage.

What can intravitreal injections treat?

The intravitreal injections that Dr. Chod uses are designed to reduce the swelling and new blood vessel growth that can develop from a number of retinal vascular diseases, including:

  • Macular degeneration
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Hypertensive retinopathy
  • Retinal vein occlusion

Any time your retina is threatened by swelling and new blood vessel growth, Dr. Chod turns to intravitreal injections to avoid any further damage.

Are intravitreal injections safe?

Intravitreal injections are considered to be very safe and effective. Dr. Chod administers the injections in his office, and the procedure usually takes less than 30 minutes.

When you come in, Dr. Chod gives you drops to dilate your pupils. After cleaning your eyes and your eyelids and fitting a device onto your eye to keep it open, he places numbing drops onto the surface.

Once you’re comfortable, Dr. Chod swiftly delivers the anti-VEGF and/or steroids into the back of your eye. Afterward, he typically places a few antibiotic drops into your eyes. You should feel no pain during this quick procedure.

If you’d like to explore your options with intravitreal injections, call Retina Specialists of Colorado or request an appointment using the online scheduling tool.