Anti-VEGF Injections for Diabetic Retinopathy

Anti-VEGF Injections for Diabetic Retinopathy

When the anti-VEGF injections are injected into the eye, they bind to the VEGF preventing it from interacting with the endothelial receptor sites. This helps to stop or slow down the extra vessel growth and blood vessel leakage, preventing the progression of diabetic retinopathy.

    The injection is given and the improvement is noted. If there is an improvement in the symptoms supported by a reduction in the swelling in the retina, no additional treatment is needed. If patients have some improvement in the symptoms, it will justify continuing the treatment further with anti-VEGF injections. However, if there is no improvement at all, further treatment may be deemed futile. In this case, alternative treatments may have to be planned to prevent further loss of vision.


    The eye is opened with a speculum. The eye is thoroughly cleaned and then the injection is administered. It is a painless process and one can go home immediately. After the injection drops are given to be instilled into the eyes. One may develop slight redness, soreness, and irritation. Floaters may be seen in the eye.


    Infection may occur though it is rare. 1 in every 1000 anti-VEGF injections involves serious complications like infections, cataracts, retinal detachment, and vitreous hemorrhage. A small bleed at the site where the needle was inserted. There may be blurring of vision, pain or redness in the eyes, floaters in the eyes, increased pressure, or increased light sensitivity.


The results are very promising with nearly 90 % of patients having stabilization of the vision. Anti-VEGF drugs are highly effective in the treatment of diabetic retinopathy.

Dr. Ramesh Murthy at AXIS EYE CLINIC has more than 20 years of experience and has trained at the best eye institutes in India and abroad. His vast experience helps him in tackling the most complex cases with ease. He has a pleasant demeanor and is frank and honest in revealing to the patients beforehand what to expect and what the result will be. He is positive, friendly, and always has the determination to do the best for the patient.

Dr. Ramesh Murthy is a renowned eye surgeon and one of the best cataract surgeons in Pune, well known for his excellent results. He is considered among the best eye specialists in Pune. He is also among the best oculoplasty and best squint surgeons in the city of Pune. He is available at Axis Eye Clinic, Pune which is among the best eye clinics in Pune. The staff at Axis Eye Clinic are well versed with Mediclaim and insurance procedures and are always there to help you. Axis Eye Clinic is impaneled for cashless eye surgery with all insurance companies and has facilities for Bajaj Finance.

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