Intravitreal Infusion of stem cells

Stem cell information

The intravitreal drug delivery has become the most reformed technology in treating some of the ophthalmic conditions such as macular oedema, retinal vein occlusions, etc. These are the conditions wherein single dose administered through intravitreal region is more effective than repeated injections through retrobulbar mode.

The inside of the human eye is filled with a jelly like fluid known as "Vitreous"; an intravitreal injection is the direct shot of stem cells into the vitreous structure near the retina at the back of the eye. The entire procedure takes no more than 15-20 minutes.

  • The procedure requires dilation of the pupil, which can be acquired by placing specific eye drops in the eyes.
  • Once pupils are dilated, the patient will be allowed to lie in a comfortable position and anaesthetic drops will be placed at the interior surface of the eye.
  • After cleaning both the eyes and the eyelids through the iodine antiseptic solution, with the help of a small device the eye and the eyelids are kept open during the entire procedure.
  • A shot of stem cells will be injected directly into the vitreous region with the help of small needle; a patient may feel slight pressure on the eye without any pain.
  • The eyes will be checked properly, some antibiotic ointment can be placed in the eyes if required.

Stem cells can be implanted in following major ways. They are:

      arrow imageIntravenous Administration

      arrow imageIntrathecal Administration (Lumbar Puncture)

      arrow imageRetrobulbar Infusion of cells

      arrow imageIntramuscular Administration

      arrow imageIntra-arterial Administration via catheter

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      arrow imageIntra-Dermal Administration

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