If you are already scheduled for a photodynamic therapy treatment session, you might be curious about what to expect after photodynamic therapy takes place and we are here to help clarify the process.
Although photodynamic therapy is a two-stage process, there is a silent third stage which is what happens after you leave our offices. As explained in our other blog on what is photodynamic therapy, we make the distinction that this is a semi-permanent fix for AMD and around the 3-month mark we will need to re-evaluate the treatment process.
Once you have gone through the photodynamic therapy process you will be sensitive to light and will need to protect yourself from the sun. This sensitivity will usually go back to normal around 48 hours so until then wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat or aim to stay in the shade/indoors without bright lighting.
Your eyes might be sore, swollen, or inflamed, but it’s advised to consult Dr. El Annan before taking any medication for potential pain relief. In addition, consult the Annan Retina Eye Center if you notice any change in vision or pain post-photodynamic therapy.
When seeking out information on what to expect after photodynamic therapy, it’s important to understand that it’s not “a one-and-done” treatment process. We monitor your progress during the first month and on average around 3 months, is when the treatment wears off and we will discuss the next steps.
If you believe you need photodynamic therapy or are seeking out a follow-up consultation, please schedule a visit with Dr El Annan at the Annan Retina Eye Center. Please call 346-222-6626 to speak to a member of staff who will be more than happy to help you.