(ok-plas-min) ,


(trade name)


Therapeutic: ocular agents
Pharmacologic: enzymes
Pregnancy Category: C


Symptomatic treatment of vitreomacular adhesion (VMA).


A proteolytic enzyme that dissolves the protein matrix present in vitreomacular adhesions.

Therapeutic effects

Dissolution of vitreomacular adhesion with improved vision.


Absorption: Minimal absorption
Distribution: Action is primarily local
Metabolism and Excretion: Rapidly degraded following administration
Half-life: Unknown.

Time/action profile (VMA resolution)

Intravitrealwithin 1 wk3 wk6 mos or more


Contraindicated in: None noted.
Use Cautiously in: Lactation: Effects are not know, use caution Obstetric: Use during pregnancy only if clearly needed Pediatric: Safe and effective use in children has not been established

Adverse Reactions/Side Effects

May be due to procedure

Ear, Eye, Nose, Throat

  • blurred vision (most frequent)
  • conjunctival hemorrhage (most frequent)
  • ↓ visual acuity (most frequent)
  • eye pain (most frequent)
  • macular hole (most frequent)
  • vitreous floaters (most frequent)
  • retinal edema (most frequent)
  • anterior chamber cell
  • cataract
  • conjunctival hyperemia
  • dry eye
  • dyschromatopsia (yellow vision)
  • ↑ intraocular pressure
  • intraocular inflammation/infection
  • intraocular hemorrhage
  • iritis
  • lens subluxation
  • macular edema
  • metamorphopsia (distorted vision)
  • photophobia
  • photopsia (perceived light flashes)
  • retinal degeneration
  • retinal detachment
  • vitreous detachment


Drug-Drug interaction

None noted.


Intravitreal (Adults) 0.125 mg injected as a single dose


Solution for intravitreal injection: 0.5 mg/0.2 mL

Nursing implications

Nursing assessment

  • Monitor for elevation in intraocular pressure following injection.
  • Monitor visual acuity periodically following injection; may lead to decrease in vision.

Potential Nursing Diagnoses

Deficient knowledge, related to medication regimen (Patient/Family Teaching)


  • Ocriplasmin must be administered by a qualified physician.
  • Intravitreal: Remove vial from freezer and allow to thaw for few min at room temperature. Add 0.2 mL of preservative free 0.9% NaCl. Swirl gently until mixed. Solution is clear and colorless without particles; do not administer solutions that are discolored or contain particulate matter. Withdraw all solution from vial with a 19 gauge needle. Replace needle with 30 gauge needle and expel excess air and solution to 0.1 mL. Discard unused solution. Administer adequate anesthesia and a broad spectrum antibiotic as per protocol. Intravitreal injection is done via aseptic technique. Repeat administration in same eye is not recommended.
    • Wait 7 days before treating other eye if necessary.

Patient/Family Teaching

  • Explain procedure for intravitreal injection to patient.
  • Advise patient to notify health care professional immediately if signs and symptoms of intraocular inflammation/infection (eye redness, sensitivity to light, eye pain, change in vision) occurs.
  • May cause visual changes. Advise patient to avoid driving and other activities requiring good vision until response to medication is known.
  • Advise female patient to notify health care professional if pregnancy is planned or suspected or if breastfeeding.

Evaluation/Desired Outcomes

  • Improved vision in patients with vitreomacular adhesions.
References in periodicals archive ?
In its overall conclusion, Ophthalmology confirms 'the OASIS trial demonstrates the long-term efficacy and safety of ocriplasmin, providing improved resolution of symptomatic VMA compared with previous phase 3 trials with no additional safety signals identified'.
No human eye data were found for ocriplasmin (Jetrea), an agent given as an intravitreal injection.
Travel Business Review-August 17, 2012--ALCON -Phase III Results Published in NEJM Show Ocriplasmin Could Be First Pharmacological Eye Treatment for Vitreomacular Adhesion Patients(C)2012] ENPublishing - http://www.
M2 EQUITYBITES-January 15, 2016-ThromboGenics enrols patients for ocriplasmin study
M2 PHARMA-January 15, 2016-ThromboGenics enrols patients for ocriplasmin study
Previously, the only treatment option available for this patient would have been vitrectomy However, advances in pharmaceuticals have led to the development of ocriplasmin (Jetrea), an intravitreal injection containing protease enzyme, which breaks down the vitreoretinal attachments, inducing PVD.
Jetrea contains the active ingredient ocriplasmin and is used with a single injection to treat patients living with vitreomacular traction (VMT).
The two ophthalmic preparations are ocriplasmin (jetrea; symptomatic vitreomacular adhesions) and tafluprost (Zioptan; glaucoma).
has introduced ocriplasmin, its treatment of symptomatic vitreomacular adhesion (VMA), in Canada.