Acute rises in IOP that occur with anti-VEGF injections is a real phenomenon, but it is transient and may not necessarily warrant any intervention for many patients, according to Matthew Schlenker MD, MSc.
There has been talk anecdotally of a spate of cases of primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) requiring surgery in patients who had undergone anti-VEGF injections in British Columbia (BC), noted Dr. Schlenker.
“We have learned that there are some differences in the preparation (of the anti-VEGF injections) compared to Ontario,” he said.
Dr. Schlenker noted the differences in preparation are of unknown significance.
“We do not really know the answers,” he concluded. “It is something where big data can hopefully elucidate what is going on.”
Matthew Schlenker, MD, MSc, FRCPC
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This article was adapted from Dr. Schlenker’s presentation at the 51st Sally Letson Symposium in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Schlenker has no financial disclosures related to this content.