I am in unbearable pain after every injection for wet AMD in left eye. I understand I am allergic to the iodine they must use during the procedure. The inside of my eyelid feels like sandpaper and the injection site is like a stone that scratches my eye every time I blink. I have tried every painkiller including opioids to no avail. The artificial tears of whatever brand don't help much either.
But this last time was better because I took an antihistamine before the appointment (in my case Benadryl because although I am English I live and am being treated in the USA) And this time doctor gave me an ointment (Erythromycin) which he said would soothe the eye because it has a numbing effect and is to be used along with the artificial tears as and when needed.
I will do the same again next time as it was much better. There was still pain but different, it was stinging a bit like getting shampoo in your eye but bearable. Now I don't know how much of the difference was due to the Benadryl or the ointment but in conjunction with each other I had a slightly easier time.
The irony of this whole thing is that this is my 15th injection and my doctor has only just told me about this ointment but I'm glad he finally did. I did not know about it, I have never read about it on this site or any other, so I am sharing in this in the hope that it can help others who suffer the way I do.