Tips from an Ophthalmologist: Avoiding Filler Blindness

Filler Blindness - Preventing and Managing Complications from Injectables - Harley Academy Aesthetic Medicine Training Courses

Dr Jennifer Doyle is an ophthalmologist by background and a trainer here at Harley Academy. In this post, she discusses we’re going to talk about filler-related blindness. Dermal filler procedures are increasing in popularity, which means that, whilst rare, we are seeing more of these complications. Check out Dr Doyle’s top tips for avoiding these complications.

Tip #1: Anatomy of the Area

It’s important to know where the vessels are running in which area we’re injecting. I would recommend sticking to safer areas such as cheeks and gaining more experience and practice before tackling more challenging areas like noses.

Tip #2: Cannulas & Boluses Injections

Keep any bolus injections small and use a large cannula where possible. I would recommend engaging with further training to learn how to use a cannula if you’ve not already done this.

Tip #3: Informed Consent

Make sure you take informed consent from your patient. Ensure you have an action plan ready if you are to get any ocular complications. I would recommend not injecting any patients who have problems with sight in one eye.

Dr Jenny Doyle, Foundation Programme Trainer

Dr Doyle graduated with distinction in medicine from Oxford University. She co-founded Oxford Aesthetics, practising injectables and skin rejuvenation alongside working as an ophthalmology registrar. Her particular strengths are facial anatomy and managing ocular complications.

For further information… Harley Academy offers a dedicated eLearning course in preventing and managing complications from dermal filler, including filler blindness. If you’d like to find out more about this online aesthetics course, or our full Level 7 certification in aesthetic medicine, get in touch! You can schedule a call with Deneal Basi, our head of student recruitment, or drop him an email.