If you are diagnosed with uveitis or any condition resulting in macular edema, your retinal specialist may recommend steroid injections as part of your treatment. Typically steroid injections are performed when topical drops are inadequate to treat the condition and oral steroids are not desired due to potential side effects.
Unlike Lucentis or Avastin injections, steroid injections are typically required at most once every few months, and usually do not require frequent repeated injections. While the treatment may sound scary, you can rest assured that the injections are almost always painless. It is important to follow up with your retinal specialist usually two weeks after the injection to assess the effect of the medication and to ensure no side effects occur from the injection. The most frequent side effects include increased eye pressure, or glaucoma, and cataract formation.