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There are simple ways to help care for your loved one

There are many things you can do to help improve the daily life of someone you love.1-3 Get helpful tips, information, and resources on supporting your loved one living with a retinal condition.1 It's important to take care of yourself, too.2,3

  • Make simple changes around the house to improve lighting and contrast and reduce glare1
  • Stay positive,3 and encourage new interests (like audio books instead of reading)2
  • Provide a relaxing environment at home for your loved one after doctor appointments1
  • Offer help with tasks when needed, but try not to take over or be impatient2
  • Help ease concern about paying for treatment by letting them know that assistance programs are available

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Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) and Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) virtual reality app

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EYLEA treatment schedule

On treatment days

Injection appointments and your support

On injection appointment days, you can be a source for support—both practically and emotionally—for your loved one.1 After all, it's important to help your loved one stay on his or her treatment schedule.

Learn about ways you can support your loved one so they can get the most out of each appointment.


Care for you, too

Remember: your own care counts

Caring for a loved one may be stressful.2,3 It's important that you take steps to care for your own health and well-being.2,3

  • Make time for yourself, relax, and stay healthy2,3
  • Ask for help when you need it, and accept help when it's offered2,3
  • Look after your own needs each day2,3
  • Join a support group1,3

Watch for signs of stress, including4

  • Feeling tired much of the time
  • Feeling overwhelmed or irritable
  • Having trouble sleeping
  • Experiencing weight gain or loss
  • Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed

Resources for caregivers

More information to support you and your loved one

You're already a source of support at your loved one's appointments. Now, you can get even more information and resources on supporting your loved one living with a serious eye condition.

  • Family Caregiver Alliance
    Supports and sustains the important work of families nationwide caring for loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions.
  • Rides in Sight
    Provides information about senior transportation options in local communities nationwide. Supported by Regeneron.

While Regeneron Pharmaceuticals does provide financial support to patient support organizations, Regeneron does not endorse any specific patient organization. The information provided by Regeneron or these organizations is meant for informational purposes only and is not meant to replace a physician's medical advice.

Important Safety Information
  • EYLEA® (aflibercept) Injection is a prescription medication administered by injection into the eye. You should not use EYLEA if you have an infection in or around the eye, eye pain or redness, or known allergies to any of the ingredients in EYLEA, including aflibercept.
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Important Safety Information
  • EYLEA® (aflibercept) Injection is a prescription medication administered by injection into the eye. You should not use EYLEA if you have an infection in or around the eye, eye pain or redness, or known allergies to any of the ingredients in EYLEA, including aflibercept.
  • Injection into the eye with EYLEA can result in an infection in the eye and retinal detachment (separation of retina from back of the eye). Inflammation in the eye has been reported with the use of EYLEA.
  • In some patients, injections with EYLEA may cause a temporary increase in eye pressure within 1 hour of the injection. Sustained increases in eye pressure have been reported with repeated injections, and your doctor may monitor this after each injection.
  • There is a potential risk of serious and sometimes fatal side effects related to blood clots, leading to heart attack or stroke in patients receiving EYLEA.
  • Serious side effects related to the injection procedure with EYLEA are rare but can occur including infection inside the eye and retinal detachment.
  • The most common side effects reported in patients receiving EYLEA are increased redness in the eye, eye pain, cataract, moving spots in the field of vision, increased pressure in the eye, and vitreous (gel-like substance) detachment.
  • It is important that you contact your doctor right away if you think you might be experiencing any side effects, including eye pain or redness, light sensitivity, or blurring of vision, after an injection.
  • EYLEA is for prescription use only. For additional safety information, please talk to your doctor and see the full Prescribing Information for EYLEA.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Indications

EYLEA® (aflibercept) Injection is a prescription medicine approved for the treatment of patients with:

  • Wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD): The recommended dose for EYLEA is 2 mg administered by injection in the eye every 2 months (8 weeks) following 3 initial monthly (every 4 weeks) injections. EYLEA may be dosed once per month, but in most patients, additional benefit was not seen with this dosing plan. Some patients may need monthly (every 4 weeks) dosing after the first 3 months (12 weeks).
  • Macular Edema following Retinal Vein Occlusion (RVO): The recommended dose for EYLEA is 2 mg administered by injection in the eye monthly (every 4 weeks).
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) and Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) in patients with DME: The recommended dose for EYLEA is 2 mg administered by injection in the eye every 2 months (8 weeks) following 5 initial monthly (every 4 weeks) injections. EYLEA may be dosed once per month, but in most patients, additional benefit was not seen with this dosing plan. Some patients may need monthly (every 4 weeks) dosing after the first 5 months (20 weeks).
Please see the full Prescribing Information for EYLEA.

The information contained herein is provided for general educational purposes. If you have any questions, talk to your doctor.

References:
  1. Vision loss and blindness. Family Caregiver Alliance Web site. https://www.caregiver.org/vision-loss-and-blindness. Accessed October 5, 2016.
  2. Reactions to vision loss: is someone you love experiencing vision loss? American Foundation for the Blind, VisionAware Web site. http://www.visionaware.org/info/get-connected/reactions-to-vision-loss/15. Accessed October 5, 2016.
  3. 10 ways to deal with caregiver stress. AARP Web site. http://www.aarp.org/relationships/caregiving/info-06-2010/crc-10-caregiver-stress-management-tips.html. Accessed October 5, 2016.
  4. Caregiver stress. US Dept of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health Web site. http://womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/caregiver-stress.html/. Accessed October 5, 2016.