You have water logging at the back of your eye (oedema) that your ophthalmologist thinks could be helped by this type of treatment and this information sheet is to help you understand what is involved. This treatment should reduce swelling at the back of the eye and therefore improve vision.
This injection is given into the eye itself. To numb the eye, local anaesthetic drops are given as well as a small injection (like you may have at the dentist). The steroid injection can be given in several places around the eye and wherever given the steroid ends up in same place and it does not matter whis way it is given.
During the injection you will feel asensation of pressure but it should not be painful. It takes less than a minute to give the injection. When it is finished the needle is slowly withdrawn. Afterwards the eye may feel slightly bruised and indeed a bruise may appear on the white of the eye. This is not a serious problem and is due to blood vessels in lining of the outside of the eye being caught by the needle. This will change colour like any other bruise and then go away over a couple of weeks.
Should the eye become very painful at the time of the injection or the vision suddenly “blank out” you should tell the doctor immediately. If your eye becomes very red and/or painful in the days and weeks following the injection you should come to the hospital immediately.
You should have an Outpatient Appointment to be seen 1-6 weeks after the injection as determined by the doctor.
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