For many conditions, an injection of medication into the eye may be needed to stabilize it. Injections are typically used to either decrease swelling of the macula (the central portion of the retina) or to control abnormal blood vessel growth. The frequency these injections are needed are also highly variable. The injection process itself is a safe procedure. Prior to the injection, the eye is prepared with an antiseptic as well as an anesthetic. Generally, injections are very well tolerated, but the experience of the injection itself varies with each injection regarding pain, bruising on the white of the eye, and the temporary presence of miniscule air bubbles. There are a variety of medications that can be injected depending on the condition. At the Retina Centers of Washington, we use the following medications: Avastin, Eylea, Lucentis, Triescence, Ozurdex, and Iluvien. At the RCW we have performed over 7000 injections since 2005.