For most of my patients it’s the fear of pain ?. As a retina specialist, the majority of my treatments consist of intravitreal injections aka injections into the vitreous cavity (posterior segment) of the eye. Injections into the eye sound painful. Thankfully with modern medicine and techniques, this is an in-office procedure done under local anesthesia and overall well tolerated. Patients do not feel pain during the procedure, but I’ve found its more of the mental build up prior to the procedure that is the hardest part.
Injections are vision saving treatments for a variety conditions. Some of the most common reasons:
2️⃣Age Related Macular Degeneration (the Wet type)
3️⃣Retinal Vein Occlusions
I’ve unfortunately seen patients who do not come for their injection because of fear and anxiety and loose vision as a consequence.
Some ways I try to educate and ease anxiety in the office:
▶️Thorough step by step discussion of the procedure (some patient prefer not to know all the details).
▶️Show animated videos of the procedure overview in the office.
▶️Have a support person come to their first injection.
▶️Work with an experienced team who can help ease patient fears while prepping patients for injections. Small talk goes a long way when your patient is anxious.
▶️Give emergency contact information and at home instructions in case patients have questions they know they can get a hold of a doctor 24/7.
▶️Follow up call from my nurse a couple days after to see how they are doing.
Questions about intravitreal injections? ⬇️ What types of exams are you most nervous to have at the doctor?