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Fluid can leak into the center of the macula, the part of the eye where sharp, straight-ahead vision occurs. The fluid makes the macula swell, blurring vision. This condition is called macular edema. It can occur at any stage of diabetic retinopathy, although it is more likely to occur as the disease progresses. About half of the people with proliferative retinopathy also have macular edema.
First patient enrolled in ThromboGenics' Phase II CIRCLE study of ocriplasmin in NPDR patients

First patient enrolled in ThromboGenics' Phase II CIRCLE study of ocriplasmin in NPDR patients

ThromboGenics NV, an integrated biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative treatments for diabetic eye disease, today announces that the first patient has been enrolled in its Phase II CIRCLE study evaluating the efficacy and safety of multiple doses of ocriplasmin in inducing total posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) in patients with non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR). [More]
New study reveals better treatment options for proliferative diabetic retinopathy

New study reveals better treatment options for proliferative diabetic retinopathy

This National Diabetes Month, there is some good news for people with eye complications from diabetes. Earlier this month, a network of researchers supported by the National Eye Institute (NEI) found that the drug Lucentis (ranibizumab) can be highly effective for treating proliferative diabetic retinopathy, an eye disease that can occur as a complication of diabetes. [More]
Researchers find ranibizumab drug as effective alternative to laser therapy for treating diabetic retinopathy

Researchers find ranibizumab drug as effective alternative to laser therapy for treating diabetic retinopathy

In a randomized clinical trial of more than 300 participants, researchers from Johns Hopkins and elsewhere have found that ranibizumab — a drug most commonly used to treat retinal swelling in people with diabetes — is an effective alternative to laser therapy for treating the most severe, potentially blinding form of diabetic retinal disease. Results of the government-sponsored study also show that the drug therapy carries fewer side effects than the currently used laser treatment. [More]
Ranibizumab may become reasonable treatment alternative for patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy

Ranibizumab may become reasonable treatment alternative for patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy

Among patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy, treatment with an injection in the eye of the drug ranibizumab resulted in visual acuity that was not worse than panretinal photocoagulation at 2 years, according to a study appearing in JAMA. [More]
Allergan completes acquisition of AqueSys

Allergan completes acquisition of AqueSys

Allergan plc, a leading global pharmaceutical company, today announced that it has successfully completed the acquisition of AqueSys, Inc. a clinical-stage medical device company focused on developing ocular implants that reduce intraocular pressure (IOP) associated with glaucoma. [More]
Envisia's ENV515 (travoprost XR) meets primary efficacy endpoint in phase 2a glaucoma trial

Envisia's ENV515 (travoprost XR) meets primary efficacy endpoint in phase 2a glaucoma trial

Envisia Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on the development of novel extended-release therapies in ophthalmology, today reported results from its first clinical trial of the Company's lead product candidate, ENV515 (travoprost XR). [More]
ILUVIEN continues to show positive results in Europe

ILUVIEN continues to show positive results in Europe

Alimera Sciences Limited, the European subsidiary of Alimera Sciences, Inc., a pharmaceutical company that specializes in the research, development and commercialization of prescription ophthalmic pharmaceuticals, announced the availability of real world data from 28 injections of ILUVIEN (Fluocinolone Acetonide 190 micrograms intravitreal implant in applicator) in Europe, presented in a review paper authored by Fahd Quhill, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Department of Ophthalmology, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, U.K. [More]
Alimera Sciences announces results from ongoing study on ILUVIEN

Alimera Sciences announces results from ongoing study on ILUVIEN

Alimera Sciences, Inc., a pharmaceutical company that specializes in the research, development and commercialization of prescription ophthalmic pharmaceuticals, announced that Alimera Sciences Limited, its European subsidiary based in London, revealed interim six-month data on ILUVIEN (Fluocinolone Acetonide 190 micrograms intravitreal implant in applicator) from the ongoing study referred to as RESPOND, a non-Randomised, open-label, multicenter phase 4 pilot study on the Effect and Safety of ILUVIEN Fluocinolone Acetonide in chronic diabetic macular edema Patients cOnsidered iNsufficiently responsive to available therapies with or without intravitreal corticosteroiD therapy. [More]
KalVista raises $33 million in Series B financing to support development of plasma kallikrein inhibitors

KalVista raises $33 million in Series B financing to support development of plasma kallikrein inhibitors

KalVista Pharmaceuticals, a research-led pharmaceutical company, today announced it has raised $33 million in a Series B financing to support its research and clinical development programs. KalVista will use the funds to advance its proprietary portfolio of plasma kallikrein inhibitors for treating diabetic macular edema (DME) and hereditary angioedema (HAE). [More]
Bayer Yakuhin receives MHLW approval in Japan for EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection to treat RVO patients

Bayer Yakuhin receives MHLW approval in Japan for EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection to treat RVO patients

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that Bayer HealthCare's Japanese subsidiary, Bayer Yakuhin, Ltd., received approval for EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) in Japan for the treatment of patients with macular edema secondary to retinal vein occlusion (RVO). [More]
Bayer HealthCare, Johns Hopkins University to jointly develop new ophthalmic therapies targeting retinal diseases

Bayer HealthCare, Johns Hopkins University to jointly develop new ophthalmic therapies targeting retinal diseases

The Johns Hopkins University and Bayer HealthCare have entered into a five-year collaboration agreement to jointly develop new ophthalmic therapies targeting retinal diseases. The goal of the strategic research alliance is to accelerate the translation of innovative approaches from the laboratory to the clinic, ultimately offering patients new treatment options for several retinal diseases. [More]
Medicare physician reimbursement data could be confusing to the public

Medicare physician reimbursement data could be confusing to the public

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today released to the public data relating to 2013 Medicare payments made to physicians and other providers. In response, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is providing necessary context for the reimbursement data, which in its raw form are often complex and difficult to understand. [More]
Trained nurses administer AMD treatments as safely and effectively as doctors

Trained nurses administer AMD treatments as safely and effectively as doctors

Nurses trained to deliver eye injections for patients with the wet form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) administered the treatments as safely and effectively as doctors, according to a new study. The research is being presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology this week in Denver, Colo. [More]
Current challenges in tackling macular degeneration: an interview with Mark Ackermann, AMD Alliance International

Current challenges in tackling macular degeneration: an interview with Mark Ackermann, AMD Alliance International

There are two forms of macular degeneration: the wet form and the dry form. The dry form is less challenging as it affects a smaller number of people and the disease progression is far slower... [More]
Regeneron announces FDA approval of EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection for diabetic retinopathy

Regeneron announces FDA approval of EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection for diabetic retinopathy

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy in patients with diabetic macular edema (DME). In 2014, the FDA granted EYLEA Breakthrough Therapy designation and Priority Review for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy in patients with DME. [More]
Regeneron announces EU approval of EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection for retinal vascular disease treatment

Regeneron announces EU approval of EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection for retinal vascular disease treatment

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection has been approved by the European Commission for the treatment of visual impairment due to Macular Edema secondary to Retinal Vein Occlusion (RVO). [More]
Johns Hopkins researcher helps discover effectiveness of three drugs for treating patients with DME

Johns Hopkins researcher helps discover effectiveness of three drugs for treating patients with DME

A researcher from Johns Hopkins Medicine helped lead colleagues from across the country in a government-sponsored study by the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network to discover that three drugs -- Eylea, Avastin and Lucentis -- used to treat diabetic macular edema are all effective. They also discovered that Eylea outperformed the other two drugs when vision loss was moderate to severe. [More]

UW ophthalmology researchers help show effectiveness of three drugs for treating DME

An ophthalmology research team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison took part in a nationwide clinical trial comparing treatments for a form of diabetic eye disease. The study found that three commonly used drugs perform much the same for those with mild vision problems, but one medication performed better for those with more serious vision loss. [More]
Clinical study comparing effectiveness of three standard treatments for DME published in NEJM

Clinical study comparing effectiveness of three standard treatments for DME published in NEJM

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that results from the National Institutes of Health-sponsored, Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network comparative effectiveness study in patients with Diabetic Macular Edema (Protocol T) were published in the New England Journal of Medicine and a corresponding slide set was posted online at DRCR.net. [More]
Ranibizumab drug reverses diabetes-related blindness

Ranibizumab drug reverses diabetes-related blindness

Ranibizumab, a prescription drug commonly used to treat age-related vision loss, also reverses vision loss caused by diabetes among Hispanic and non-Hispanic whites, according to a new study led by investigators from the University of Southern California Eye Institute. [More]
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