Intravitreal Retinal Injections

There are many eye conditions that can be improved or corrected with medicine alone, without the need for surgery. One method for getting medicine into the eye is with an intravitreal injection, particularly if the problem is located in retina, at the back part of the eye. Most people are surprised to learn that intravitreal injections are not particularly painful. In this procedure, anesthetic drops are placed in the eye so that the surface of the eye is numb. Then, after an antiseptic eye drop is placed and an eyelid speculum is inserted to keep the lids and lashes out of the way, the medicine is injected through the white part of the eye, known as the sclera. The whole procedure is just a few minutes.

At Central Valley Eye, the most commonly injected medicines injected are the treating “leaky” blood vessels in the retina. The fluid from these leaking blood vessels gets into the retina causing it to swell, like a wet sponge, resulting in blurry vision. The most common conditions that cause retinal swelling are diabetes, macular degeneration and retinal vein occlusions.

While intravitreal injections are extremely safe, some side effects to be aware of are temporary redness on the white part of the eye and eye irritation from the antiseptics. As with any injection, there is a very small chance of infection at the injection site following this procedure.


If you would like to learn more about Intravitreal Retinal Injections call 1-800-244-9907 to make an appointment at Central Valley Eye Medical Group.


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Dear Friends,

We at Central Valley Eye hope you and your families are well. With COVID-19 infections continuing to rise, we are taking all necessary precautions to keep patients and staff healthy as we continue to provide the eye care that our community needs:
  • Whenever appropriate, we are rescheduling any patients with cough or cold symptoms
  • We have adjusted our schedule to decrease the number of patients in our waiting rooms. You can expect on average between zero and one patient to be in the waiting room at any given time.
  • We have increased our already strict sanitizing practices to extend into the waiting areas and halls.
  • Whenever appropriate, we are diverting visits to telemedicine (by cell phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop). Please contact us for further details at 209-952-3700.

    Additionally, some of our office locations may be closed on certain days. If you are unsure whether to come in for your visit, please call us.

    The doctors at Central Valley Eye will not be performing any non-urgent surgeries until further notice. Our surgery coordinators will be contacting patients to reschedule the surgeries that need to be postponed.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 209-952-3700.

    Warmest regards,

    Brandy Simpson
    Practice Manager
    Central Valley Eye Medical Group, Inc.