Avastin eye injections can potentially cause severe complications when silicone floaters or “air bubbles” are left in the eyes of a patient who has undergone this unapproved treatment.
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What is the Problem?
Patients who receive eye injections of Avastin (bevacizumab) can suffer from a number of serious complications, including blindness. The problem is not the injections themselves, but the delivery system.
Silicone in Avastin Eye Injections
Avastin is a medication that is put into syringes before it is injected into a patient’s eyes. The syringes are lubricated by silicone oil when the pharmacists create each injection. Unfortunately, silicone oil is sometimes left behind in the patient’s eyes, leaving “floaters” of silicone that look like air bubbles to the patient who received the injection.
Avastin Side Effects
Some of the most severe side effects of Avastin eye injections include:
- Eye infection (endophthalmitis)
- High pressure in the eyes
- Increased intraocular pressure
- Retinal tearing or detachment
- Low pressure in the eye (hypotony)
- Damage to the cornea
- Vision loss
- Other vision problems
What is Avastin?
Avastin is used to stop the growth of blood vessels that feed tumors. It is only FDA-approved for cancer treatment, but it is also used for the unapproved (“off-label”) treatment of eye diseases, such as:
- Macular degeneration
- Retinal vein occlusion
- Diabetic macular edema
- Diabetic retinopathy
Avastin Eye Injection Problems
Avastin is not designed to treat eye diseases. Therefore, compounding pharmacies must re-package Avastin into pre-filled syringes and send them to ophthalmologists to be used on patients. One problem is that these syringes may not be safe for eye injections. Another problem is that the syringes are lubricated with silicone oil.
Silicone Floaters in Avastin Eye Injections
Silicone tends to move away from the syringe and mix with liquid Avastin — and the risk of silicon oil mixing with Avastin increases the longer it takes for the pre-filled syringe to be used on a patient. The risk also increases if the syringe is frozen before it is used.
Silicone oil that mixes with Avastin can cause silicone floater to end up in a patient’s eyes. This can lead to a variety of serious complications. For patients, the silicone floaters look like “air bubbles” in the eye. This can leave patients suffering from permanent vision problems.
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