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Infection

I have been getting injections for over 10 yrs now. My Dr has always been very careful, and I've primarily focused on managing the pain from dry eyes and discomfort of declining vision. However, on 12/23/24, 3 days after my last injections, I woke up with intense pain in my R eye & forehead. I tried waiting it out, thinking it must be a headache, but by evening I was blind. A call to the advice nurse at Kaiser got us into ER, and the staff pulled out all stops to diagnose & treat the infection inside my eye with injected antibiotics. It's now 21 days later, and the debris from the infection is very slowly being absorbed into my blood stream. I am still struggling with very cloudy vision and using frequent medications in eye drops. The loss of vision in my R eye has compromised the vision in my L eye, as they had filled in holes for each other, at least in my brain's perception. How long does this take to clear? How will I cope with the increased use of betadine that she has warned me of? This has been a big emotional setback, and physically impacted my activities.

  1. this is what everyone who gets shots dreads, but it doesn't seem to happen too often. It must have been terrible for you. How are you feeling now? Has it cleared up at all? Wendy, Patient Leader.

    1. I just had my first injection. I know infection is rare but something to be avoided if possible. The use of betadine is the preferred prep for injections. Extra rinsing by the tech is your best option to avoid the irritation. After my injection they offered to put in an antibiotic ointment and patch the eye for a couple of hours. I accepted the offer in hopes of preventing infection. They also gave me single use drops. I was also warned not to get water in my eyes for a couple of days. Have injections halted until the infection clears? Warmly, Sharon Moore patient leader

      1. I am so sorry that you are dealing with this. I hope you are feeling better!

        1. thank you for your support & encouragement. I am getting checked every week now by my Retinal Dr, and she has not detected any retinal damage. She will be dilating me this week and taking pictures. I am taking 4 different Rx eye drops, and my R eye is slowly clearing. I can see more detail at close range, but not print or faces. I've been getting injections for over 10 yrs, and this is the first time I've gotten infected. Hopefully, the last. This has been quite impactful. It's now been 24 days, and she anticipates it could take 3 months. Rohana Rice

          1. thanks for updating us. This has obviously been a significant experience for you. It seems things are moving in the right direction, although it could take a long time. I wish you all the best in your ongoing healing. Wendy, Patient Leader.

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