What is Lucentis?
One prescription medication that has the ability to treat a number of eye conditions is Lucentis. The drug is injected into the eye and is used for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic macular edema (DME), as well as macular edema that resulted from retinal vein occlusion (RVO). Classified as an anti-VEGF drug, Lucentis prevents the body’s production of the VEGF protein, which causes the growth of new, abnormal blood vessels that can leak. The fluid build-up caused by these vessels can lead to vision problems, including vision loss.
Also, by preventing the leaking, inflammation of the macula (center of the retina) is reduced, too, which helps with macular edema. Lucentis has been approved by the F.D.A. to treat AMD, DME, and RVO. Our board-certified retina specialists, Dr. Shawn Agee and Dr. John Sullivan, prescribe Lucentis to Jacksonville patients after a thorough diagnostic exam has been performed.
What to Expect
Lucentis is an outpatient procedure, which will begin with your retina specialist cleaning out your eye to prevent infection. Then, your doctor will use a local anesthetic to numb the eye. Lucentis is injected into the white part of the eye through a fine needle. Your retina specialist will determine the number of treatments and how often you receive them. Typically, AMD patients can expect monthly treatments, but sometimes, they are given less frequently. DME and RVO patients can expect treatment every month.
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"Recently I had an ongoing issue and was passed around to several ophthalmologists via referral. Finally I ended up in Dr. Sullivan's hands. I will say several women I work with had strongly recommended him, and advised me (combined with having been to an ophthalmology appointment 3 times already in a one month span) that I would wait. The receptionist who confirmed my appointment also reminded me "you can expect to be at the appointment up to 4 hours" so it seems my expectations were a little different than some others. When I finally did get to see Doctor Sullivan (an hour and a half or so after my appointment time) he made an extremely scary situation so much better. He has amazing bedside manner and his delivery is understanding. I was really emotional and he assured me he was confident in his diagnosis and resolution. I left the appointment feeling 100 times better & completely happy I ended up in Dr. Sullivan's hands!"- W.T. / Yelp / Jul 19, 2018
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"Goes above and beyond for patients. Very detail oriented. Works well with other Dr if you have multiple eye issues such as glaucoma. There are long wait times in the office but it is well worth it. Dr. Sullivan is the primary Dr at the office but have had to see Dr Agee and he is great too. Highly recommend this office and doctors."- S.V. / Google / May 27, 2018
Following your treatment, you may be given antibiotic eye drops to use for a few days after the injection in order to prevent an infection. There may be redness at the injection site, which is on the white part of your eye. You might also notice some specks in your vision. While some patients may experience vision improvement in around 7 days, it takes some patients longer. Some patients, however, do not get improved vision or maintain current vision.
Learn More about Lucentis
Due to its flexibility in treating a variety of eye conditions, Lucentis can benefit a number of patients with great results. Ask your retina specialist if this medication is right for you. To learn more, contact our office as soon as possible to schedule a consultation.