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 that you and your families are well. To continue to protect the health of our patients and staff during the coronavirus pandemic, we are taking all reasonable precautions as we provide the eye care that our community needs:

  • All patients and staff must now wear masks within the clinic building. Please bring one from home.
  • Whenever appropriate, we are rescheduling patients with fever, cough, or cold symptoms
  • We have adjusted our schedule to decrease the number of patients in our waiting rooms
  • We have increased our already strict sanitizing practices
  • 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.

If you are unsure whether to come in for your visit, please call us.

Following state guidelines, the doctors at Central Valley Eye have recently resumed performing elective surgeries. Our surgery coordinators will be contacting patients to reschedule the surgeries that needed to be postponed. We appreciate your patience during this time.

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.