Intravitreal VEGF Inhibitor
ABOUT RETINAL LASER TREATMENT
At Triangle Eye Institute, Dr. Steven Yaplee provides intravitreal vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) inhibitor treatments to enhance and support ongoing eye health. Commonly referred to as anti-VEGF agents, intravitreal VEGF inhibitor injections are medications administered into the vitreous (the clear, gel-like material within the center of the eye) to prevent or slow the growth of atypical blood vessels and control fluid leakage. When an overproduction of vascular endothelial growth factor occurs, vision impairment and damage to the delicate eye tissues may result. For more on the benefits of intravitreal VEGF inhibitor injections from our Bakersfield, CA ophthalmology specialist, please call our team to schedule an eye exam today.
HOW DO ANTI-VEGF TREATMENTS WORK?
Anti-VEGF treatments may be utilized to treat wet age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusion, macular edema, fluid leakage that impacts the retina, eye tumors, and other conditions. To perform the procedure, Dr. Yaplee will administer a numbing solution and carefully inject VEGF inhibitor medications into the vitreous chamber through the white part of the eye. While this treatment can help improve vision in approximate 30% of cases, its main effect is to maintain vision and help prevent a decline in eyesight. Intravitreal VEGF inhibitor injections may be performed in recurring intervals spaced 4 – 12 weeks apart, depending on individual needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Anti-VEGF treatment safe?
Yes, it is. A 2019 study found that anti-VEGF treatment is both safe and effective. During your consultation, Dr. Yaplee will go over your medical history and current condition to determine if anti-VEGF treatment is right for you.
Do Anti-VEGF treatments hurt?
No, they don’t. Before he begins, Dr. Yaplee will numb your eyes with anesthetic drops to keep you comfortable. Most patients only report a slight sensation of pressure if they feel anything at all.
What conditions does Anti-VEGF therapy treat?
Anti-VEGF therapy can be used to treat:
- Macular degeneration
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Retinal vein occlusion
- Macular edema
- Fluid leakage
- Eye tumors
- And more…
Will my vision improve after Anti-VEGF treatments?
About 30% of patients will experience an improvement in their vision. The main goal of this treatment is to maintain vision health and prevent a decline in eyesight.
MAINTAIN VISION AND EYE HEALTH
Intravitreal VEGF blockers may be a viable solution for stabilizing your vision by preventing fluid leakage and the overdevelopment of blood vessels in the eye. During your visit to our Bakersfield or Delano, CA practice, Dr. Yaplee will assess your condition and determine if this option is right for you. Our caring team can also review the benefits of anti-VEGF treatments, determine insurance coverage, and explain what to expect during and after your procedure. Contact Triangle Eye Institute to set up your treatment consultation today.