The Problems of Silicone Oil Contamination with Avastin (Bevacizumab) Eye Injections

Patients who require Avastin eye injections are receiving them because they already have a serious, progressive, and likely permanent disease of the eye. Whether it is macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, or some other condition, such patients hardly need any further interference with their vision. Unfortunately, however, that is precisely what accompanies an eye injection with silicone contamination.

Once injected into the eye, the silicone contamination particles can remain there indefinitely, and the treatment options for having these silicone particles removed from the eye are usually unpleasant and can carry significant risks. Your ophthalmologist is the best person to consult about these options.

Many patients report significant interference with their normal daily activities due to silicone particle contaminants in their eye. The appearance of the silicone particles may vary, with some people describing one or more oily “floaters” that obscure the visual field. Others describe dark spherical particles in their eye, and others describe particles that are both light and dark. Further still, some patients describe an extreme interference with their night vision, such as when driving their car. For example, the beams from headlights of oncoming vehicles can reflect off of these silicone particles and appear to be blindingly bright.

Whatever the particular vision problems caused by these silicone particles, this much is clear: the patients who needs an Avastin eye injection for treatment of a serious and permanent visual problem does not deserve to have silicone oil contaminants placed in their eyes and which only cause them further visual disturbances that won’t go away.

If you or someone you love has had an Avastin eye injection and have experienced complications or problems with vision, including silicone contaminants within the eye, you might have the right to pursue financial compensation for your damages by taking legal action. These claims will be filed against compounding facilities that fill and repackage syringes prior to use by a pharmacy or clinic.

Our award-winning personal injury attorneys at Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP are currently investigating cases involving patients who suffered harm after receiving an Avastin eye injection. Having fought on behalf of the injured and the wronged since 1946, our firm has the experience and resources to handle complex class actions against large and powerful corporations and protect our clients’ rights.

Learn more about your rights and how we can help. Call (216) 600-0114 for a consultation.

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