What you may expect for your LUCENTIS treatment

Use the links below to learn about what you may expect with your LUCENTIS treatment.

What may I expect during a LUCENTIS injection?

You may have already received a LUCENTIS treatment. If not, you should know that LUCENTIS is given as an injection into the eye. Feeling anxious about treatment is normal. Remember, if you have diabetic retinopathy (DR) or diabetic macular edema (DME), having more information about what to expect with treatment can help put you at ease.

Side effects have been seen with LUCENTIS, including serious eye infections and detached retinas. Before receiving injections, review the Important Safety Information and see the full Prescribing Information associated with LUCENTIS.

Getting ready for treatment

Before your appointment, there are a few things you may do ahead of time to help make it a smoother experience:

  • Create a list of all of the current prescriptions and other medications (like vitamins) you are taking
  • Block off several hours before and after the procedure to give yourself ample time
  • Feeling nervous? Schedule an early appointment so that treatment-day nerves can't build up

On treatment day

At your appointment, your Retina Specialist may:

  • Ask you to read an eye chart
  • Give you eye drops
  • Perform tests to check the condition of your eye

Before treatment

These activities may make your LUCENTIS experience more comfortable.  Be sure to talk to your Retina Specialist about any discomfort you feel when receiving LUCENTIS.

Listening to music, which can calm your nerves and ease your mind. Ask your doctor if you can bring your own music player to treatment.

Doing breathing or relaxation techniques, which can help you relax and reduce stress levels.

Equal breathing

Breathe in through your nose over a count of 4:
"1, 2, 3, 4"

Then breathe out through your nose over another count of 4.

And repeat the 8-count exercise as many times as you feel you need. This will help balance your body.

Alternate breathing

Hold your right thumb over your right nostril and breathe in through your nose.

At the height of the breath, take your thumb off your right nostril and hold your index finger over your left nostril.

Exhale, and repeat the exercise by alternating your thumb and index finger.

Progressive relaxation

With your eyes closed, focus on contracting different muscle groups for 2-3 seconds, then relaxing.

Start with your feet and toes, move up to your knees, thighs, rear, chest, arms, hands, neck, jaw, and blinking your eyes. Maintain deep, slow breaths the entire time.

During your LUCENTIS treatment

Knowing what to expect at the Retina Specialist's office can help ease your mind.

During the injection, your Retina Care Team will do everything they can to help make you feel more comfortable, including:

  • Cleaning the area around your eye, and using a tool to gently hold it open
  • Eye drops to numb your eye before the injection

Receiving the injection takes just seconds. For most people, it feels like pressure on the eye.

After your LUCENTIS treatment appointment

Tips for after your LUCENTIS treatment:

  • 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)

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