All you need to know about injectionsPosted: Wednesday 6 October 2021 at 15:48
Why are some types of macular disease treated with injections? And why does that injection need to go into the eye?
Advanced clinical practitioner and lead nurse at Moorfields, Gavin Kissoondeeal, will be joining us at our next Virtual Clinic to tell you everything you need to know about injections and answer your questions.
Gavin has worked alongside Nurse Consultant, Adam Mapani in developing Moorfields' nurse-led intravitreal injection service.
Injections are currently used to treat ‘wet’ forms of macular disease, such as ‘wet’ age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and myopic CNV.
Several drugs are used to treat the wet form of the disease. They are known as ‘anti-VEGF’ drugs, which stands for ‘vascular endothelial growth factor’. VEGF is a substance in the body that is responsible for the development of healthy blood vessels. In wet AMD, too much VEGF is produced in the eye, causing the growth of unwanted, unhealthy blood vessels. The drugs given, via injection into the eye, block this production and stop the development of abnormal blood vessels.
The Virtual Clinic will not only look in more detail at how the injections work, but Gavin will also look at how close we are to an eye injection for other forms of macular disease, such as dry AMD.
As usual, the event will be held on the third Tuesday of the month (19 November) at 7pm.