Here at The Retina Group of Washington, one of the most common services our Bowie eye surgeon provides for our patients is the administering of an eye injection called Avastin. Avastin is a common treatment that our Bowie eye surgeon uses with patients who have a condition called wet age related macular degeneration. When you have wet age related macular degeneration, abnormal blood vessels can begin to form in the retina, and can even burst. These symptoms can be completely devastating and destructive to your vision. In order for these abnormal blood vessels to grow in your eye, your body needs to be producing a chemical called vascular endothelial growth factor, which is commonly referred to as VEGF. When our Bowie eye surgeon administers Avastin to the patients here at The Retina Group of Washington, the Avastin works by slowing the production of that chemical, which then prevents the abnormal blood cells form forming and proliferating in your retina. Before our Bowie eye surgeon begins the procedure, we will first carefully clean your eye in order to prevent any infections. Next, our Bowie eye surgeon will use an anesthetic to numb your eye so that you will not experience any pain. From there, our Bowie eye surgeon will insert the needle to administer the Avastin into your eye. You may need to receive many Avastin treatments over several months in order to complete the treatment plan designated for your needs.
If you would like to learn more about Avastin or any of the other many services that our Bowie eye surgeon has to offer, we highly recommend that you visit the main The Retina Group of Washington website to browse through some additional, detailed information that you might find useful. If you have any specific questions or concerns that we can assist you with in any way, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly team of staff directly. You can reach us by giving us a call here at the office, or by sending us a message online. We look forward to working with you soon here at The Retina Group of Washington.