Anti-VEGF Treatments

Anti-VEGF Treatments for AMD, DR, & BRVO

Anti-VEGF medications are used to treat certain eye conditions that involve abnormal blood vessel growth and leakage in the eye. VEGF stands for vascular endothelial growth factor, which is a protein that promotes the growth of blood vessels.

Wet Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, and Retinal Vein Occlusions can be stabilized with Anti-VEGF Therapy

In conditions such as wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vein occlusion – VEGF is overproduced, leading to abnormal blood vessel growth and leakage in the eye. Anti-VEGF medications work by blocking the action of VEGF, which helps to reduce blood vessel growth and leakage to stabilize your vision.

Some commonly used anti-VEGF medications such as Ranibizumab (Lucentis®), Aflibercept (Eylea®), Faricimab-svoa (Vabysmo®), and Bevacizumab (Avastin®) help to reduce vision loss. Eye doctors apply the use of such prescribed injections administered directly into the eye.

Anti-VEGF therapy has revolutionized the treatment of many eye diseases and has been shown to be highly effective in improving vision and preventing further vision loss for many patients. However, anti-VEGF therapy is not a cure for these conditions. Ongoing treatment may be necessary to maintain vision improvement.

Therapeutic Administration of Anti-VEGF Treatments

Providing your eyes the best care possible, your retina specialist will perform a gentle cleansing of your eye to minimize the risk of potential infections. To ensure maximum comfort, a specialized numbing agent is applied and a small device is carefully placed to keep your eye open for treatment.

The medication is administered directly into the white part of your eye via an ultra-thin needle that only requires seconds for injection – minimizing any discomfort and allowing for reduced recovery time. Swift, precise, and meticulous care will be provided each step of the way.

At South Carolina Retina Institute, our knowledgeable staff is dedicated to keeping up with the latest medical breakthroughs and providing you with strategies that can increase your independence levels despite any conditions affecting your vision. Your retina specialist will work closely with you on a personalized plan including anti-VEGF treatments and other medications or procedures – so together, we can take proactive steps towards preserving your eyesight.