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Are Eye Injections Painful? Description of Retina Needle-n-Eye Procedure, Patient's Perspective.

The actual process of what happens during the AMD retina needle injection treatment from a patient's point of view. Includes before, during, and after.

This page is written by a patient for the purpose of alleviating other patient's fears and concerns  associated with the needle injection in the eye, retina treatment.

Description includes what happens before, during, and after the procedure; as well as what to expect the next day or two afterward. This is a patient's description and does not give medical advice, though things the doctors office said are reported and a couple of government website resources are included.

This was a whole new experience for me and as a side note, I had no idea what to expect; so I decided to get the grocery trip and all the chores done beforehand. Turned out to be the wise thing to do. You are not really going to feel like doing much of anything for the first couple of days afterward.

Wet Macular Degeneration and the Needle in the Eye Injection Treatment; Overall Procedure Description; After Effects


Quick Introduction

As a patient, I just had this done to me. Here is a description of the actual treatment, procedures involved, and the experiences before, during, and after. These are my own, personal experiences, your results may vary. It should also be mentioned there are needle-in-the-eye, retina injection treatments for diseases other than AMD and different stages of AMD and also there are different medicines that are used; so what the retina specialist informs/instructs you may be different than what the retina specialist informed/instructed me.

The Actual Eye Needle Injection

Since the purpose of this page is to eliminate as soon as possible the dread concerning what you are wondering will happen and the expected pain involved, am starting with the description of the needle retina injection first. It is good news. The before and after descriptions follow.
  • Sedatives may have been offered to you earlier.
  • You will sit down in a somewhat reclining chair.
  • A very small needle may be injected in probably a hand vein, purpose being to inject a dye to assist the doctor when viewing your eye(s) yet again. It was barely a pinprick, over within just a few seconds.
  • The doctor will inform you he will not be putting the needle in your eye until he tells you he is ready to do so. In other words, you don't have to sit/lie there wondering when it is going to happen.
  • Yet more eye drops will be put in your eye(s) and the doctor will be looking into your eyes with bright lights yet again.
  • There will be a burning feeling in your eyes. The burning will get worse; but then subsides.
  • Your eyes will be watering all over the place, don't worry about it.
  • The doctor and assistant will be wearing surgical masks. No one is supposed to do any unnecessary talking, including you
  • The doctor will place a small device on your eye, purpose being so you don't blink during or immediately after the injection.
  • The doctor will inform you he is ready to make the injection and will instruct you to look in a certain direction and to concentrate on looking in that direction.
  • By now, the eye drops have made your eye totally numb.
  • The injection will be in the side of the eye, not the front.
  • You won't see the needle.
  •  You won't feel the needle.
  • The needle will be in and out before you even know what happened.
  • The hole the needle created seals itself immediately.
So basically, there's discomfort during the process, but you don't have to be concerned as to the pain aspect. The bark of the concept is worse than the bite of the actual event. Speaking of discomfort, there will be some of that before and after the injection as well. What follows is about the before and after experiences. As with the needle injection, knowing what to expect will pretty much remove the stress factor. 

The Doctor Visit Before the Eye Needle Injection Visit

The usual chart exam, the usual other tests, the doctor doing the usual dilating and looking into your eyes with the bright lights, the usual picture taking, and whatever other tests might be called for. I only mention this because one might have the false impression that everything has been taken care of and only the eye injection(s) remains when you go to your next appointment; such is not the case. They are only getting started.

The Eye Injection Visit Procedures Before the Actual Needle Injection Is Done

Sedatives may be available. You will be subjected to more eye drops, more tests, more bright lights, more eye pictures (dozens?), more technicians/doctors shining more bright lights in your eyes than you can imagine. You will also be bombarded with all sorts of important information during this entire process. By the time it is time for the actual needle injection, you will be pretty much one confused, disoriented, temporarily light and eye drop blinded mess. You will be guided into the eye injection room.

[The actual injection procedure is described earlier,
right after the quick intro in case you missed it]

After the Eye Needle Injection Procedure

I somehow ended up back at the front desk. I was handed a piece of paper and told it was my next appointment; Since I temporarily couldn't read the side of a barn, I told her I would take her word for it. [An update. During my second retina injection visit, I'm at the exit counter being handed my third needle injection appointment. I suddenly said, "Where's my glasses?" Turns out I was wearing them.]

This would be a good time to mention that sometime during all of the above and immediately afterwards, I was informed that:
  • Keep eyes closed as much as possible for the day.
  • Do not watch TV or use computer for the day. And forget about reading.
  • Do not rub, touch, bump eye.
  • Do not let water get near eye for three days at least.
  • Put the prescribed anti-bacterial drops in eye(s) four times a day for four days. Real pain in the neck for me, I missed the eye more often that hit. Fortunately, apparently the prescription takes that into account; sufficient quantity was provided to get the job done.
  • Do not engage in manual labor or other strenuous activities for four days. Was informed this has more to do with doing anything that raises blood pressure than anything else. So I guess doing anything stress-related would also not be a good idea.
  • Was warned about possible pain afterwards, but so far none. If there is pain, was told to take OTC painkillers; but if really severe pain or severe vision loss, then to immediately call them.
  • Was forewarned to expect the floaters.
It should also be mentioned, do not even think of trying to drive home. For that matter, taking a few days off work and also skipping driving at all during that time is highly recommended, just my opinion.

My Black Spots Floaters Experience

  • While waiting for my ride home, I noticed I had six, black floating  floaters. They must of been heavy. Whatever direction I moved my eyes or head, gravity dragged them downward. Two were large; two were medium, two were small.
  • Since I was supposed to keep my eye closed and no TV/computer/exercise or such; when I got home, I just went to bed and was actually able to fall asleep. When I woke up. the two smallest floaters were gone. [Update. For my subsequent visits, I deliberately got up extremely early; when I got home, went to bed and was able to sleep through to the next day.]
  • By the end of the day, the two large floaters and two small floaters had changed to one large and three small.
  • The next morning was seeing just one medium-to-small floater. That little critter hopped all over the place as I was working on the computer. A few hours later, that floater also departed the scene.
  • [Update. Second visit, only one medium-to-large black spot floater immediately afterwards this time. Disappeared in less than 30 hours.]
  • Update. Third visit, floaters alternated between being green and blue. Doc's office said no big deal, it's ok.

I Decided to Call the Office and Ask Them a Few Questions. Here Are the Answers.

  • The floaters are the actual medicine dissolving.
  • Do not consume anything for the next few days that thins the blood, this includes alcohol. However, high blood pressure medication is apparently fine. For that matter, I don't even know if blood pressure medication thins the blood or not; better safe than sorry. Might depend on which medication is used, there are dozens; be sure the doctor knows.
  • Vision can remain blurry or be double vision for a day or maybe two. The eye drops also cause blurriness for a few minutes.
  • The TV and computer ban only applied for the remainder of the treatment day.

Couple of Extra Reminder Notes

  • The day after treatment, there was still blurriness and double vision issues in the morning. By around noon, all had cleared up.
  • By the next day, I was feeling downright cheerful again; but still no desire to do much.

Some Macular Degeneration Federal National Institute of Health Resources


The greatest fear is that of the unknown. Now you know what to expect. Not the most fun experience one will ever have, but certainly not the worst.


Best Way to Drink Barium Sulfate and the Taste and What to Expect

Many people inquire about what it is like to drink this stuff. Turns out drinking barium sulfate is no big deal.
  • Just do exactly what the bottle and doc says.
  • The taste is bland.
  • I experienced no after effects.


Doc and/or medical service provider specified a test requiring major, pre-test, drinking consumption of a barium sulfate solution. You'll usually need to drink it the day before the test and just prior to the test. In other words, they do have you drink several doses prior to the CT.

I immediately did the research on the .gov sites and elsewhere. I ended up with the impression that I was going to gag on the stuff.That information is false. It was bland and no big deal whatsoever. They'll even give you a choice as to flavor. I ended up with vanilla.

Again. The stuff was just plain bland. No problem. No big deal. I hope this post helps mitigate all the false information out there.And I might add, the volume looks a lot larger than it is. A few medium sips did the trick for each dosage. No need to to do large swallows or such. Do shake the stuff as the bottle says, before drinking; an even mixture gives the technician and doc what they need.

As for after effects, nothing out of the ordinary occurred.

How to Make St. John's Wort Tea from Capsules - Herbal Recipe

St. John's Wort is well known for its depression and anxiety alleviating properties. More about that further down the page, along with some notes and warnings. Some federal website resources are also listed. And after the St. John's Wort herbal tea recipe is a short list of other natural ways to reduce or eliminate depression and/or constant feelings of fear. All of them are effective, simple, and easy.

Klamath Weed aka St. John's Wort ( Hypericum perforatum )

The Make Your Own St. John's Wort Tea Recipe

St. John's Wort tea and other herbal teas are expensive. There is absolutely no reason to buy them when you can make your own for less than one-tenth the cost. So forget those messy teabags and all the preparations that go with them. Here is your incredibly inexpensive, best, quick, and easiest way to make your own.

This really shouldn't be called a recipe. The word, "recipe", implies preparation and work; there is none of that here.

  1. Be forewarned; the herbal supplements industry is generally unregulated. Buy only reputable brands from reputable stores. Find the St. John's Wort supplements in powdered, capsule form. As with the other herbs, probably all the brands will be in this form. But do check to be sure. If you don't already have a favorite brand, it is worth an extra few minutes to do some price checking. There can be a wide variance in unit pricing when it comes to actual ingredients: milligrams, number of capsules, and total price.
  2. Open the capsule and sprinkle the powder into the microwavable coffee cup. Fill with water to the same level as you would when making instant coffee. You don't even have to bother to stir it. Never taken apart capsules before? It can be a challenge for the inexperienced. But in fairly short order, it will become nothing more than a 2-second task. A quick how-to for newbies: wash and completely dry hands first, otherwise, slippery fingers can make the task impossible; gently twist the two capsule halves back-and-forth against each other, and gradually separate over the cup; twiddle the capsule halves over the cup until all the powder has come out.
  3. Microwave as you would instant coffee. Never made instant coffee? Depending on the wattage and age of the microwave oven, zap it for up to 2 minutes.
  4. Stir, let cool, stir again, enjoy.
And that is all there is to it.

And as an interesting side note, this recipe works equally well when making Valerian tea. Valerian is known for its anti-anxiety properties as well, though it works in the Valium way as opposed to the St. John's Wort serotonin reuptake inhibitor way. As with St. John"Wort, the tea form is considerably stronger than the simply ingesting capsule method.

A reminder that tea eventually stains teeth.

How Many Capsules?

Routinely, I use just one capsule. However, if particularly stressed or depressed, I will use two. More than that can sometimes cause digestive problems.

With Instant Coffee

There is certainly nothing wrong with sprinkling St. John's Wort capsule powder over the instant coffee flakes when making the second cup of morning coffee... Don't go overboard with the stuff. Too much of anything is almost always not a good idea.

This medicinal plant has helped many people overcome depression.

Some General Opinions – Notes – Warnings

Saint John's Wort does indeed work as to alleviating depression and anxiety. It does this by increasing a person's serotonin levels. Consuming St. John's Wort in tea form, as opposed to just taking the capsules with food, can greatly increase its effectiveness. Though one will sometimes feel immediate side effects with that first cup of tea, it can be several days before a consistent mood change is noticed. Needless to say, your results may vary.

Reputable websites advise St. John's Wort mixed with certain other medications do not always work well together; this is especially applicable to certain prescription drugs. If you are taking St. John's Wort, whether by supplement or by tea, let your doctor and pharmacist know. And be sure to read the warning/caution label on the St. John's Wort container. And particularly read all the documentation included with the prescription to see if St. John's Wort is mentioned. Not kidding about telling your doctor and pharmacist. As an example, note item three in the list below. You just never know, but your doctor and pharmacist will.

Here Are Four Federal Website Pages One Should Read Concerning St. John's Wort and Its Properties

Don't forget about the information included below, referenced at the beginning of this page. With or without the tea, the items listed will make you feel better. Information is from various federal medical websites. They work.

End of St. John's Wort Herbal Tea "Recipe"


List of Natural Ways to Feel Better and Feel Good

The human body naturally produces a chemical known as serotonin. Medical science has generally agreed that one's level of brain serotonin affects mood. The higher one's natural level of serotonin, the better one normally feels.

How to Naturally Increase Serotonin Levels

  • The primary environmental factor that affects serotonin levels is light; the more light the better.So do open those drapes first thing every morning. If you do not already go out into the world everyday, then make it a point to go outside in the sunlight for awhile; even just 15 minutes can make a difference. Not much sunlight where you live? The NIH link further down the page has some comments and an indoor answer for that.
  • Exercise radically affects serotonin levels. Even just a little exercise can do wonders. But generally the more of it the better. So if you generally sit all day, get up frequently and do other things. There's the obvious solution of jogging or some other exercise regime, but why not just do something that is productive or fun instead? This List of Things to Do When Bored includes all sorts of physically active things to do.
  • Good nutrition of course is also a factor. The B-Complex vitamins are particularly important as to emotional stability. As an example, a vitamin B-1 deficiency can cause unwarranted feelings of fear; a vitamin B-12 deficiency can cause unwarranted feelings of guilt; folic acid is another B vitamin that is vital to mental well-being. Personally, I take a B-50 Complex vitamin supplement with food every other day or so. And I chew it so it doesn't just pass through the digestive tract untouched; same with the general multivitamin supplement I occasionally take. Sometimes negative emotions are caused by nothing more than low blood sugar, simply eating something can do wonders in such cases.
  • Tryptophan is an amino acid in protein that raises serotonin levels. There is a lot of false nutritional information out there as to which foods will increase your brain's tryptophan levels. The NIH link below covers this in detail. Some of the information is quite surprising as a matter of fact. Chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) and dairy products appear to be the only foods that have a chance of increasing the brain's serotonin levels.


The US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health has an article on how to increase serotonin in the human brain without drugs. It pretty much tells you everything you would ever want to know as to increasing serotonin levels and feeling good.

May we all have increased happiness in life.

List of 100 Beautiful / Positive / Happy Words in the English Language

The Most Beautiful and Nicest Words in the World

Actually, there are more than 100. These happy and positive words in the English language were contributed by writers for writers in a project of mine awhile back These words show that the world can indeed be a positive, happy, and wonderful place. This list has also been referred to as the nicest, most lovely, sweetest, stunning, greatest, and most beautiful words in the English language and world. Most of the words are standalone, some are contextual. Just the mere act of reading this list can make one feel good.

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Greetings Love Healing
Serenity Mellifluous Hug
Empathy Peaceful Joy
Life Caring Sharing
Friend Forgiveness Trust
Kindness Lovely Cure
Exquisite Soothing Hope
Thanks Welcome Acknowledgement
Compassion Sympathy Tenderness
Synergy Synchronicity Serendipity
Perfection Chocolate Champagne
Ethics Honesty Integrity
Simplicity Complexity Recursion
Music Art Humor
Discovery Insight Revelation
Beautiful Pristine Glorious
Freedom Privacy Independence
Home Shelter Food
Gorgeous Awesome Amazing
Success Prosperity Money
Faithfulness Loyalty Ally
Sunrise Rain Moonlight
Elegance Symmetry Balance
Wonderment Appreciation Gratitude
Plethora Plenitude Bonanza
Communication Interaction Mutuality
Courtesy Respect Graciousness
Mom Dad Children
Remembering Forgetting Awareness
Optimism Destiny Expectation
Smile Hello Please
Happiness Sweet Karma
Dalliance Efflorescence Eloquence
Beginning Ending Closure
Yes No Chance

And last, but not least; whether it be a loan application or accepted for a new job:


Safe Health Benefits of Kelp Seaweed Supplements - Iodine and Trace Minerals -And Some Warnings

An Energy Boost?

Kelp Ocean Forest
This page is premised on you are healthy, practicing good nutrition, physically active, and are already doing everything else to naturally feel good. If still suffering from lack of energy, then kelp supplements may be the answer.

Why so? Kelp is loaded with the mineral iodine. The iodine will go directly to your thyroid and kick-start it. A fully active thyroid makes one become more energetic.

Kelp and certain other seaweed also have minute traces of every other mineral known to man. So if you happen to be lacking in any of those, kelp tablets will help take care of that, too.

Suggested use is one kelp supplement per day; frankly, I think that is excessive. Too much of anything is not a good idea. Personally, I only take one once in awhile when I seem to have no energy.

So next time you have no energy for no discernible reason, chew a kelp supplement tablet with food. Do take it early in the morning. If taken later in the day, you might not be able to fall asleep come bedtime.

Kelp Tablets

Kelp and other seaweed supplements may or may not be available at your local or national chain drugstore; some have it, some don't. Worst case scenario, you will have to work up the energy to go to your local health food store; they will definitely have it. Be forewarned. The supplements industry is completely unregulated. Buy only reputable brands from reputable stores.

A warning note. Some people are allergic to shellfish (high iodine), the same way some people are allergic to peanuts for example. So maybe just nibble a very small piece of one tablet the first time around? Only you can decide.

Safe Usage of Kelp Seaweed Supplements

Excessive use of kelp supplements and their high iodine content is not good for you and can even cause health problems. Here is a federal website that will tell you absolutely everything you would ever want to know about the mineral iodine as to health, nutrition, and warnings.
Though iodine is an extremely essential nutrient for the human body, over usage can cause serious problems. The NIH also talks about foods high in iodine, so maybe you can just skip the supplements altogether.

How to Deal With a Bad, Toxic, Incompetent, Unethical Boss and/or Employer

How to work for a boss you don't respect or is incompetent or has a toxic personality or consistently acts in bad faith? You can’t. It is as simple as that. The same applies to certain employer companies.

You won’t be able to hide your feelings indefinitely. The boss will know exactly what you think of him or her. And you will feel unlimited stress and emotional pain day in and day out.

You Need to Give Yourself Hope.
(And find a new job in the process.)


So what to do? The obvious. Write up those tailor-made resumes and fire them off to every potential employer you can find. You only have to do it once a week. And the time you do it is every Sunday afternoon (assuming you work M-F, otherwise adjust schedule accordingly). Then check your voicemail every noon and night. And check your email every evening. What the heck, maybe fire off another resume or two while you're at it. And the proverbial advice to network is true; let everyone you know outside of work that you are looking to change jobs.

Did I say you can’t work for a boss or company you despise? Actually, you can by just doing as described above.

How? That is simple, too.

Now during the workweek, whenever your boss does something particularly stupid, unethical, or otherwise disgusting; you can switch your thoughts to thinking about all the potential employers you sent your resumes to last Sunday. In other words, you have now given yourself hope and positive thoughts to draw on.

Pretty much all of life is composed of iterative projects; looking for a new job certainly qualifies as one of those. Sooner or later, an interview invite will come. And sooner or later, a job offer will come.

And you will be out of there.

Here is a list of Free Job Search Engine Resources.

You are not alone.

Divorce: Reasons and Causes - Preventing and Averting

A serious list of reasons that cause many couples to divorce and what one can sometimes do to avert a divorce. Mainly it is simply self-awareness, early detection, and communication are all that is needed.

Reasons People Divorce

List of Reasons Couples Say Cause Divorce

In some cases, solutions are possible.
  • Infidelity
  • One party too involved in their career or working too much. Emotional neglect.
  • Different views on religion or politics. At the beginning of a marriage, both parties don’t think it’s a big deal. But over time, the disagreements become cumulative and can move to the forefront.
  • Failure to communicate. One person or the other fails to tell the other of a concern that is on their mind. Instead they just let the “issue” build up. In time, the emotion becomes out of proportion to the actual concern.
  • Failure to communicate. A misunderstanding develops that neither party realizes until it is too late.
  • Lack of trust developing over time. Caused by the other items listed here.
  • Money. Lack of money induces a never ending stress. Over time, blame issues may develop.
  • Marrying someone who has habits you don’t like in the belief that you can change them.
  • Failure to be open and honest. Though this includes lying, it also includes failure to volunteer important information.
  • An unwillingness to compromise.
  • Marriages that begin for reasons other than love.

Early Recognition of Problems and Averting Conflict

This admittedly incomplete list was posted in the hopes it might help people. The simple awareness and communication about potential problems is sometimes all that is needed.
  • The mutual awareness that external factors can cause stress.
  • The mutual awareness of lack of communication.
  • The mutual awareness of unintentional neglect.
The key word is "mutual". These things and more can be overcome; if when something is first noticed, attention is immediately brought to it. Then it can be addressed and dealt with long before the stage where emotions override thought.

Sometimes None of the Above Applies

People change and evolve over time. As an example, no one is the same person they were 10 years ago. Also, disparate job/career/work environments can be a cause. As people change, compatibility changes. It can be entirely possible that either or both parties may have simply fallen out of love. No conflicts. No mistakes. No injustices. Just simply the natural changes in personalities that inevitably occur over time. When such a situation is recognized and what with the history of the relationship, it is worth it to still remain friends and allies.