Here at Matossian Eye Associates, we’re in the business of keeping our valued patients up-to-date on the latest advances when it comes to eye care. As such, we’d like to tell you about a medication that has been helping people fight against vision loss and other sight-related issues such as Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) with great success. It’s called EYLEA, and we’re going to showcase all its strengths and benefits in this blog post.
EYLEA is a prescription medication that’s administered as an injection into the eye, and as an FDA-approved anti-vascular endothelial growth factor treatment for those with the aforementioned DME, it has already proven itself to help patients gain 10 more letters on the eye chart after one year of taking the medication (based on two clinical studies).
Here’s how it works: EYLEA blocks vascular endothelial growth, which can cause fluid to leak into the macula (the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye responsible for sharp central vision), and is also used to treat:
- Neovascular (Wet) Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
- Macular Edema Following Retinal Vein Occlusion (RVO)
- Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
- Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) in patients with DME
Depending on a patient’s condition(s), EYLEA injections are administered on different schedules. It’s important that if your eye doctor deems it worthy for you to look into EYLEA, you confirm which schedule is appropriate for you. Additionally, eye care professionals have warned against the medication being used if you have an infection in or around the eye, are experiencing pain, redness or inflammation or are allergic to the ingredients in EYLEA.
Here are some additional bits of information that we can share with you concerning this medication that has been changing people’s lives: EYLEA must only be administered by a qualified eye doctor, and it’s important that if you are injected with the medication and your eye becomes red, sensitive to light, painful or develops a change in vision, you seek immediate care. Also, because EYLEA is composed of large molecules, your body may react to it. Thus, there is the potential for an immune response (i.e. allergy-like) in patients treated with the medication.
Additionally, a temporary increase in eye pressure within one hour of an EYLEA injection may be experienced, with sustained increases in eye pressure reported with repeated injections. Again, a highly-regarded eye health professional would monitor this after each injection.
As always, it’s important to discuss what you may be experiencing with your eye care team. Indeed, you might not realize you suffer from Diabetic Macular Edema until it begins affecting your vision with symptoms such as black spots, blurriness or wavy lines. But if you’ve been diagnosed with DME, ask your Matossian Eye Associates eye doctor about EYLEA.