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Sub-Tenon’s Steroid Injection for Scleritis

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My new Infliximab treatment has been approved by the hospital but they are taking their time sorting out my first infusion.  Whilst I am waiting my eye is still flaring up pretty badly so over the last 3 weeks I have two Sub-Tenon’s injections.

I had been getting orbital floor steroid injections but the last one I had didn’t work at all so we tried the Sub-Tenon.  With this type of injection the doctor makes a little cut in the top layer of the eye with a pair of surgical scissors and then injects the dose of steroid into the cut area so that the steroid goes all though out the eye in the layer really close to the eye.  The first one worked like a dream, it was brilliant the pain relief was amazing.  I had a very tender eye for a few days where the cut was made but the scleritis pain was gone, it was awesome.

This week I had another one. I have this problem that when my eye is really inflamed the anaesthetic doesn’t work too well.  The doctor put heaps of numbing drops in plus an anaesthetic injection but when he made the cut I nearly jumped through the roof as it wasn’t numb at all and it seriously hurt.  Well imagine your eye being cut with scissors it would hurt!

Anyway he found another spot that had got numb and repeated the cut and did the injection.  I am really feeling the injection pain this time as I have two cuts, a small one he started to do and the main one.  My eyes are both feeling pretty crappy at the moment.

My vision seems to be affected more this time; I am struggling a bit this week.  Work has been particularly tough, I am having to have the font on my computer massive to see anything and the pain is getting to me a bit.  I am so glad it’s the weekend so I can rest my eyes a bit and let them recover.

Hopefully I will get to have my infusion shortly, would be great because my doctor says when I am on the Infliximab he is happy to go ahead with my transplant.  Cannot wait for that day!