Avastin®

Avastin® is a cancer treatment drug now being used to treat diabetic retinopathy.  It is being administered as an “off-label” medication for intravitreal injection across the country by retinal specialists with very exciting results for treating macular edema caused by diabetic retinopathy.  Avastin® works by blocking a substance known as vascular endothelial growth factor or VEGF.  Blocking or inhibiting VEGF helps to prevent further growth of the abnormal blood vessels that grow with diabetic retinopathy.  However, intravitreal injection of Avastin® has not yet been FDA approved for use in the U.S. (as of March 2006).  We do not yet know the long-term risks and benefits of using Avastin®.  Eye drops that numb the surface of the eye are used for this injection procedure.  Intravitreal injection of Avastin requires close follow-up, and is repeated as necessary.  This treatment is now covered by insurance.

A message from our Doctors regarding COVID-19

 

In wake of the recent Coronavirus activity, our offices are open for new and existing patients with medical problems. Please call 609-877-2800 to make an appointment. Our optical shops will be closed for at least two weeks. Please call ahead to make sure that your glasses are available for pick-up.

 

Your health and our health are of the utmost importance to us. We are following all CDC procedures and are limiting the number of patients and person-to-person contact within the offices to decrease the spread of the virus. We are committed to serving our community’s eye care needs and medical problems. If you cannot get to the office to see us due to these unforeseen circumstances, Telephone Consultations are available. If you have FACETIME this enhances our ability to diagnose and treat. Our Physicians are On Call 24/7!

 

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For Patients Coming In to the Office

(1) We encourage everyone to wash their hands before and after their visit with Burlington County Eye Physicians (2) Use hand sanitizer. (3) If you have a fever or upper respiratory symptoms, please reschedule your appointment. (4) If you recently traveled to CDC – designated Level 3 affected countries/areas, please reschedule your appointment.

 

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