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Question:
My mother, 82 years old and living in India, has been having blurry vision in one eye, especially upon waking. It improves later in the day. The doctor told her that her vein is being compressed and is planning to inject Avastin® and Lucentis® into the eye. What is the prognosis of this treatment? Does this resolve?

Answer:
It sounds like your mother may have a branch retinal vein. This is often complicated by retinal swelling, what is called macular edema. There have been reports that vision loss from macular edema may fluctuate during the day, particularly being worse upon awakening and then improving as the day progresses. There have been research studies demonstrating that these eyes do respond nicely to injections of anti-VEGF medications, like Avastin and Lucentis.

Answered by: Paul Sternberg Jr., MD Dr. Paul Sternberg

Categories: Eye Diseases

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Answered: May 09, 2013

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