Treatments

Intravitreal Injection for Macular Degeneration

An intravitreal injection is an injection that is inserted into the white part of the eye and fills the inside of the eye. The drug is injected into the jelly of the eye (vitreous) and is spread to the retina (the inner layer located at the rear of the eye) and other structures within the eye.

The main reason why a patient will need this injection is to treat wet age-related macular degeneration. The macular is the specialised part of the retina which is responsible for the production of visual sharpness. The light that enters through the retina is changed into images which are then are sent to the brain.

This is affected when the wear and tear of the blood vessels that supply the layer of the retina are allowed to damage the macular which will affect seeing finer details. This is why an injection of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) is needed into the jelly of the eye.

The procedure:

  • The injection is predominantly completed under a local anaesthetic which is given to the patient through eye drops.
  • The surgeon will place an extremely fine needle through the white part of the eye (sclera) and will then inject the anti-VEGF. This will be injected into the jelly within the centre part of the eye.
  • It is common that the eye may feel uncomfortable throughout the injection and for a few hours after the procedure.
  • The procedure will take around thirty seconds and the patient should be able to leave after an hour.
Treatment cost
Treatment Stage Consultant Fees Hospital Fees
Intravitreal Injection for Macular Degeneration
Initial Consultation £110.00
Main treatment £1,150.00
Post-discharge care Included
Subtotals £110.00 £1,150.00
Total £1,260.00

The guide price is correct as of 2nd June 2017

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