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Painful injections

I have a question I am beginning to believe the horrible pain I feel about 2-3 minutes after and injection that lasts for about 45 minutes is from the cleansing solution??? I never felt this before my dr office went from numbing gel drops to numbing liquid drops that do not last as long or work as well they said they quit using because people were rubbing their eyes and getting a cornea abrasion so is there something else they could b using instead of what looks like iodine or benadine

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Chlorhexidine . But before that try asking them to rinse very well and use soothing drops after. Iodine is the best so stick with it if you can.

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Thank you

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Hi there I found that putting celluvisc eye drops in before my injection really helps. The dr I saw gave them to me to use because the injections were becoming so painful and it has really helped.

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Is that a prescription or over the counter

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Hello there, I used to use celluvisc eye drops, they are available on prescription. However, a small number of people, 1 in 10, are allergic to these drops. I had to stop using them because I developed an allergic reaction to them. I was using them for dry eye symptoms before I was diagnosed with dry macular degeneration in both eyes. They are worth a try though and just might suit you.

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They just give me a box when I ask in clinic

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I agree with eyes right Iodine is important to prevent infection. Nurse rinsed my eye thoroughly with saline after my injection on Tuesday and you wouldn’t have known I’d had one. Makes an enormous difference

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Thank you

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Hello, I just had my 2nd injection two weeks ago.

One of their initial instructions was that for the first day, I should use Genteal Gel every couple hours. I said I would have trouble do that [various reasons]. So they used Chlorhexidine instead of Betadine. Doctor said Betadine was more irritating and drying, even when they rinse afterward. I noticed with the 2nd injection, the nurse rinsed twice and not once - that seemed to help, too.

I was instructed to attempt to use the Genteal Gel as much as I could anyway because the Chlorhexidine would still cause some drying, just not as much as Betadine. Some folks are allergic or sensitive to the iodine that is in the Betadine. I am a Registered Nurse and we also used Chlorhexidine if there were allergies or problems with Betadine. Genteal Gel, lurication for eyes is available over the counter here in the USA.

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Wow thank you

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It is second best to iodine for infection control though- study results show that

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I use natural tear liberally to keep eyes from drying and speeds up recovery.

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Anyone who has or knows anything about AMD, Glaucoma or Cataracts knows there isn’t an eye drop on the planet that will cure these diseases and/or restore vision (see link above and further to godforeye.com). Any retina specialist can explain the progress made and the status of clinical trials on Squalamine eye drops IN CONJUNCTION WITH LUCENTIS INJECTIONS on gains in visual acuity for wet AMD patients. So do not “try to avoid the injections” that have restored vision and arrested the development of the disease.

And be sure to notice these $1,500 (10 ml) drops are made from mineral water!

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Hi thom3patty,

I had the same horrible, painful experience and it was my dermatologist who finally figured out it was the Betadine! I had no clue I was allergic to it and we all thought it was likely something being placed IN my eye - not on it! But my doctor began using a different antiseptic and I have had no problems since then. Hope your solution is as simple. Good luck!

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