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.
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.
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.