What is Avastin injection ?
Bevacizumab ( Avastin) is a VEGF inhibitor ( Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Inhibitor) which is commonly used to treat several disease conditions in the eye.
– Age related macular Degeneration (ARMD)
– Diabetic Retinopathy
– Diabetic Macular Oedema
– Central Retinal Vein Occlusion
– Neovascular Glaucoma
– Retinopathy of Prematurity
In theses disease conditions VEGF damage the retina leading to abnormal growth of blood vessels around retina.
These immature vessels leak fluid and separate a layer of retina ultimately causing blindness.
This retinal damage is more prominent in the macula of the retina.
How is Avastin injected into the eye ?
Avastin is injected intravitreously ( Into the vitreous of the eye)
What are the side effects of Avastin injection ?
Local side effects of Avastin injection in the eye
Pain in the eye
Bleeding into the eye
Increase in intraocular Pressure
Increased risk of cataract formation
Systemic effects of Avastin eye injection
( As the injected dose is small systemic effects are very rare)
Nausea / Vomiting
Loss of appetite