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A 68-year-old female asked:

I have a hemi retina occlusion in my left eye and i am told that i will have to have injections in my eye. are they safe?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 54 years experience
Usually safe: To prevent the formation of bleeding vessels which could endanger the whole eye, you will receive some injections of a product (called VEGF inhibitor) which can prevent this. Injections of this type are safe, usually work but may require repetition. There is always a tiny degree of risk when the back of the eye is injected this way but these injections are commonly given with safety.
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Dr. Joseph Crapotta
Specializes in Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
Occlusion: Hi. The injections are safe when done properly, There is always a risk of intraocular eye infection, but it occurs very infrequently. Follow the doctor's advice, but also ask if laser is a viable alternative in your case. Dr. C.
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Last updated Sep 29, 2016


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