An intravitreal (pronounced in tra VIT re al) injection is a procedure to place a medication directly into the space in the back of the eye called the vitreous cavity, which is filled with a jelly-like fluid called the vitreous humor gel. The procedure is usually performed by one of our trained retina specialists, doctors Geeta Lalwani or Vlad Matei, in our comfortable office setting. We offer intravitreal injections at our locations in Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins, and Longmont.
Intravitreal Injections such as Eylea or Avastin are drugs used to treat wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It is also used to treat diabetic eye disease and other problems of the retina. It is injected into the eye to help slow vision loss from these and certain other diseases.
Both injections block the growth and leaking of fluid from abnormal blood vessels in the back of the eye. Those blood vessels can leak and affect vision, causing vision loss from wet AMD and diabetic eye disease. Research shows that Eylea and Avastin are both effective in slowing vision loss.