Are Visual Flashes Related to Injectable Fillers Around Eyes
Today, there is an increasing demand for filler injections around the eyes for a younger-looking appearance. Although filler injections like Restylane and Botox work well, there can be problems with flashes of light in the visual field after treatment. Although complication can arise with any procedure, visual flashes are often due to:
- Ancillary staff like nurses and nurse practitioners performing the injectable procedure
- Lack of experience
- Poor technique
- Lack of knowledge of anatomical patterns
Symptoms of an Impending Complication after Injectable Eye Treatments
There are several visual field changes that indicate a problem after an injectable eye treatment. This may include visual pain, double vision, inability to accommodate dark or light, decreased vision or flashes of light in the visual field. It’s important to see a doctor immediately if any of these symptoms occur. It may be a warning of an impending necrosis from vascular compression or occlusion. Necrosis can manifest itself in the distribution of the vessel affected. True vascular occlusion can result in permanent damage if it’s not treated by an oculoplastic surgeon quickly. One’s vision is a vital and precious commodity, and no risk should be taken to compromise it.
Avoiding Complications by Using Proper Techniques
To avoid these types of visual complications, doctors should use aspiration before treatment and use low-pressure, small needles. The total volume of filler injected during the eye injectable treatment should be limited, and injections into pre-traumatized tissue should be avoided. Doctors should also educate their patients about the potential problems of eye injectable treatments and have an oculoplastic surgeon on hand for an immediate referral if needed. If one isn’t available, the patient should be directed to go to the emergency room. There should always be a plan in place just in case a problem does arise.
Although injectable filler treatments are viewed as a “lunch-time” option, the standards should be set high as in any surgical procedure. The environment should be sterile, and patients should be provided with detailed pre- and post-treatment care instructions.
Soft-tissue injectable fillers like Restylane and Belotero can help plump up wrinkles surrounding the eye area and fill in those lines and creases. In addition, they can be used alone or in conjunction with laser resurfacing or a facelift. For the best results and to avoid problems, choose the right dermatologist. If a non-experienced doctor doesn’t inject the solution deep enough, you may be left with pockets of puffiness or lumps. The eye is a delicate area to treat, and you don’t want any mistakes.
Choosing a doctor with experience and expertise is the first step to avoiding complications associated with eye injectable treatments.