Antivascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) is a medicine that helps stop the growth of abnormal blood vessels. It is used to try to prevent or treat vision loss from diabetes.
Diabetes can harm blood vessels in the retina, the part of the eye that sends images to your brain. This damage is called diabetic retinopathy. It can lead to poor vision and even blindness.
When anti-VEGF is injected into the eye, it shrinks problem blood vessels. It also reduces swelling in the retina (macular edema).
You will probably need a series of injections. Your doctor will tell you what the schedule will be.
The doctor puts medicine in your eye to numb it. You are given eyedrops that widen (dilate) your pupils. You may also get medicine to help you relax.
Your eyelids are held open. The doctor injects the medicine into the gel-filled globe of the eye. Most people don't feel pain during an eye injection. Some people feel mild pain or discomfort.
For a short time after treatment, you may have floaters in your vision. These are spots and lines that "float" across your field of vision. Your eye may be red and irritated. You may feel discomfort or pain.
For most people, the eye feels normal a day or two after treatment.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd
Enter M614 in the search box to learn more about "Learning About Anti-VEGF Treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy".
Current as of: December 7, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Christopher Joseph Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology
©2006-2018 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Care instructions adapted under license by your healthcare professional. If you have questions about a medical condition or this instruction, always ask your healthcare professional. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information.