Purpose: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of a novel medical device to provide cooling anesthesia to the eye as local anesthesia for intravitreal injections. Study Design: First in human, open-label study of 43 subjects assessed at three different doses: −10°C for 20 seconds (group 1), −15°C for 15 seconds (group 2), and −15°C for 20 seconds (group 3). Main outcome measures were safety and pain of injection using a numeric rating scale (NRS). Results: Cooling anesthesia did not result in any serious ocular adverse events. One grade 1 adverse event was a vasovagal response during cooling administration which resolved immediately after cooling. Mean NRS scores at the time of injection for each group ranged from 2.5 to 4.3 There was a statistically significant difference between pain scores of the 3 groups at injection in aggregate but not in pairwise comparisons (P value = 0.047). There was a statistically significant decrease in pain from injection to 5 minutes post injection in all groups (P value = 0.00008, 0.003, 0.0005 for groups 1, 2, 3, respectively) as well as from 5 minutes to 24–48 hours (P value = 0.00001, 0.018, and 0.0545 for groups 1, 2, 3, respectively). Conclusion: The rapid cooling anesthesia device was well tolerated for achieving local anesthesia among patients receiving intravitreal injections with no serious ocular adverse events.
- Intravitreal injection
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