What is Eylea?
Eylea (aflibercept) is made from a human antibody fragment. It works by keeping new blood vessels from forming under the retina (a sensory membrane that lines the inside of the eye). In people with a certain type of eye disease, new blood vessels grow under the retina where they leak blood and fluid. This is known as the “wet form” of macular degeneration.
Eylea is used to treat wet age-related macular degeneration. Eylea is also used to treat swelling in the retina caused by a blockage in the blood vessels.
Eylea may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Important information about Eylea
You should not use Eylea if you are allergic to aflibercept, or if you have swelling inside your eyes, or any type of infection (bacterial, fungal, viral)in or around your eyes. Call your doctor at once if you have eye pain or redness, swelling or puffiness around your eyes, or sudden vision problems at any time during treatment.
Before using Eylea
You should not use Eylea if you are allergic to aflibercept, or if you have:
- swelling inside your eyes
- or any type of bacterial, fungal, or viral infection in or around your eyes
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether Eylea will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using Eylea. It is not known whether aflibercept passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using Eylea.