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Prevention of intraocular pressure rise following intravitreal injection.
  1. N Morlet and
  2. S H Young
  1. Department of Ophthalmology, University of New South Wales, Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, Australia.


    The intraocular pressure change produced by an intravitreal injection of ganciclovir, 2 mg in 0.1 ml, was studied in patients with cytomegalovirus retinitis. Using a Tono-pen XL to measure the intraocular pressure (IOP) of four patients (six eyes) we found the mean pressure immediately following injection was 44.5 mm Hg. Measurements taken on separate occasions after a 30 mm Hg decompression of the eye for 15 minutes before the injection showed a mean IOP of only 20.6 mm Hg after the injection. Mercury bag decompression of the eye significantly reduced the rise in IOP following intravitreal injection (difference in the mean IOP rise = 26.4 mm Hg, df = 54, t = 7.67, p < 0.001). Without ocular decompression before injection, all patients complained of temporary loss of vision, and reflux of the injection solution was frequently observed. Use of ocular decompression also reduced the discomfort of the injection. Throughout the full course of treatment by this means there were no adverse effects on the visual acuity. This technique is recommended to those performing intravitreal injections.

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