Anti-VEGF Injections Study
New Research on Heart Attack and Stroke Risk Tied to Common Eye injection Treatment for Age-Related Macular Degeneration
There was an important article that was just published from the Journal of the American Medical Association Ophthalmology. A group out of the Mayo Clinic reported that we don't need to worry much about the use of our Anti-VEGF injections in the eye. We use Anti-VEGF medicines frequently to treat important vision threatening retinal conditions. We’ve doing injections of these medicines now for about a dozen years. From the very beginning it was some concern that when drug spills out into the system after an injection it could pose a risk for stroke or heart attack. We never really know for sure all these years but a recent study from the Mayo Clinic did reassure us and told us that there was no increase risk of stroke or heart attack when we do these intravitreal injections on a frequent and regular basis. So both the retina specialist in our patients can now feel rest assured that this really isn’t a problem or a side effect of these medicines. Thank you.