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How can I minimize the side effects of Eylea?

You can minimize the side effects of Eylea (aflibercept) by making sure you don't have an eye infection or swelling in or near your eye before being injected with it. Your doctor will monitor you afterwards for immediate signs of side effects, including changes in your vision, in order to deal with any problems quickly.

The most common side effects of Eylea injections, which treats neovascular (wet) age-related macular degeneration, are broken blood vessels or increased blood flow in the conjunctiva (the membrane over the white of the eye), eye pain, cataracts, vitreous detachment or floaters, increased pressure in the eye, tearing or swelling, or the feeling that something is in your eye.

Call your doctor immediately if you see flashes of light or have eye redness or pain, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, bleeding in or around the eye, chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness or faintness, or weakness in one arm or leg. These symptoms could be signs of more serious side effects including retinal detachment, stroke or heart attack.

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