LUCENTIS®

LUCENTIS® (Ranibizumab) is an FDA-approved prescription medication for the treatment of certain retinal eye problems. It is an ocular injection used to slow the progression of vision loss.

LUCENTIS® is indicated for the treatment of patients with the following retinal eye problems:

How LUCENTIS® Works

LUCENTIS® works as an anti-VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) drug to prevent cells from producing too much VEGF. Normally, VEGF is a protein produced by cells in your body to produce new blood vessels when your body needs them. Sometimes these cells produce too much VEGF, causing abnormal blood vessels to grow in your eye. These abnormal blood vessels can damage your eye and harm your vision, leading to low vision or blindness over time.

LUCENTIS® works to slow the progression of vision loss. It blocks VEGF, hindering the growth of abnormal blood vessels, and stops the development and leaking of fluid from abnormal blood vessels in the back of the eye.

LUCENTIS®(Anti-VEGF) Treatment

LUCENTIS® is given as an injection into the eye. Feeling anxious about treatment is normal. LUCENTIS® treatment doesn’t take long. The process is as follows:

  • Your eye doctor will clean your eye to prevent infection.
  • Your eye is numbed to reduce pain.
  • Your eyelids are kept out of the way with a small device placed over your eye.
  • Your eye doctor injects the drug through the white part of your eye using a very thin needle.

You may feel some pressure in the eye during the injection. Talk to your doctor about what to expect.

LUCENTIS® Anti-VEGF Treatment at FSN Eye

If you are interested in LUCENTIS®Anti-VEGF treatment, call FSN Eye Center at (815) 240-0795 to request an appointment. For your convenience, you may also request an appointment online.

LUCENTIS® FAQs

Wet age-related macular degeneration  results from abnormal blood vessels that form underneath the retina at the back of the eye. These new blood vessels leak fluid or blood and blur central vision. Vision loss may be rapid and severe.

 

 

Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes. Diabetes causes abnormal glucose metabolism as a result of decreased levels of insulin or insulin resistance. Increased blood glucose levels are thought to have a structural and physiological effect on retinal capillaries (small blood vessels in the back of the eye), causing them to be both functionally and anatomically incompetent. As a result, diabetic retinopathy  causes changes to the blood vessels in the retina. The blood vessels can swell, leak fluid, or bleed, leading to vision changes or blindness.

 

On treatment day, your retina specialist may ask you to read an eye chart, give you eye drops, and perform tests to check the condition of your eye.

Before treatment, it may help you to listen to music to calm your nerves and ease your mind. Ask your doctor if you can bring your own music player to treatment. Do breathing exercises, which can help you relax and reduce stress levels.

After your LUCENTIS® treatment, follow these tips:

  • Always follow your retina specialist’s instructions
  • Use eye drops if they are prescribed to you by your retina specialist
  • Ask your retina specialist if you should avoid any particular activities
  • Have someone drive you home
  • Wear sunglasses if your eyes feel sensitive to light
  • Try to rest your eyes as much as possible (for at least a few hours)

You should not use LUCENTIS® if you have an infection in or around the eye or are allergic to LUCENTIS® or any of its ingredients.

LUCENTIS® is a prescription medication given by injection into the eye, and it has side effects. LUCENTIS® is not for everyone. Some LUCENTIS® patients have had detached retinas and serious eye infections. If your eye becomes red, sensitive to light, or painful, or if you have a change in vision, call or visit your retina specialist right away.

Some patients have had increased eye pressure before and within 1 hour of an injection. Your eye doctor should check your eye pressure and eye health before and after your LUCENTIS injection.

Your eye doctor will discuss your treatment plan with you during your consultation. You may need to continue ocular injections with LUCENTIS® over many months to help slow vision loss from retinal eye problems.