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In the initial stages, people with diabetic retinopathy may not notice their vision changing. Diabetics sometimes experience rapid changes in blood sugar that can temporarily cause blurry vision even when retinopathy is not present. If a person notices a few specks or spots floating in his visual field, this may mean he has developed proliferative diabetic retinopathy, the growth of abnormal new blood vessels on the retina and optic nerve. High blood sugar levels have been linked in studies to retinal blood vessel abnormalities. Blurred vision may occur when the macula--the small area at the center of the retina--swells as it fills with fluid that has leaked from retinal blood vessels. Because damage to the eye often develops slowly, early detection of diabetes and control of blood sugar through diet and medications can make a crucial difference in saving vision.

Effective diabetic retinopathy treatments include laser photocoagulation for early to moderate stages and a microsurgery called vitrectomy for repair of eyes with extensive damage. Injectable and oral medications that act on abnormal blood vessels to control diabetic retinopathy before vision loss occurs are now in development. Early detection would be key to the effectiveness of these treatments, also.
Phase 3 VIVID-DME trial of EYLEA Injection for treatment of DME shows improvement in visual acuity

Phase 3 VIVID-DME trial of EYLEA Injection for treatment of DME shows improvement in visual acuity

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that in the Phase 3 VIVID-DME trial of EYLEA® (aflibercept) Injection for the treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME), EYLEA 2 milligrams (mg) dosed monthly (2Q4) and EYLEA 2 mg dosed every two months (after 5 initial monthly injections, 2Q8) showed a sustained improvement from baseline in best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) at week 100 (2 years), compared to laser photocoagulation. [More]
Researchers discover crucial process that regulates development of blood vessels

Researchers discover crucial process that regulates development of blood vessels

Biologists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered a crucial process that regulates the development of blood vessels. [More]
CenterVue's next generation Macular Integrity Assessment receives FDA clearance

CenterVue's next generation Macular Integrity Assessment receives FDA clearance

CenterVue, Inc., a leader in the design and manufacture of highly automated medical devices for the diagnosis and management of ocular pathologies, today announced FDA 510(k) clearance has been granted for the company's next generation Macular Integrity Assessment (MAIA). [More]
Study shows high BP drugs may raise likelihood of age-related macular degeneration

Study shows high BP drugs may raise likelihood of age-related macular degeneration

There may be a connection between taking vasodilators and developing early-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss and blindness among Americans who are age 65 and older, according to a study published online in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. [More]
Study reveals 70% of patients with diabetic retinopathy will develop macular edema

Study reveals 70% of patients with diabetic retinopathy will develop macular edema

In Mexico, at least 14 million people have developed macular edema due to diabetes (DME), which like retinopathy affects central vision and can lead to blindness if not treated early . [More]
New drug approach for safer clean-up of deformed blood vessels in eye

New drug approach for safer clean-up of deformed blood vessels in eye

A new drug approach has been developed for safer clean-up of deformed blood vessels in the eye by a research team at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. [More]
Genetic biomarkers of ranibizumab response remain elusive in Koreans with AMD

Genetic biomarkers of ranibizumab response remain elusive in Koreans with AMD

Researchers have failed to find a significant genotypic effect on ranibizumab treatment response in Korean patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration. [More]

Ranibizumab trial gets promising results for CNV

Patients with visual impairment due to myopic choroidal neovascularisation achieve better visual acuity after 3 months of individualised treatment with ranibizumab than with verteporfin photodynamic therapy, show the results of a phase III randomised controlled trial. [More]
Early gene therapy could improve choroideremia prognosis

Early gene therapy could improve choroideremia prognosis

Retinal gene therapy could prevent loss of vision in patients with choroideremia and other retinal diseases, show the results of a phase I/II study. [More]
Australian and New Zealand patients with diabetes-induced vision loss to get access to new treatment

Australian and New Zealand patients with diabetes-induced vision loss to get access to new treatment

Australian and New Zealand patients suffering from vision impairment due to a type of diabetes-induced eye disease will have access to a new treatment, following a license deal between Australian biopharmaceutical company Specialised Therapeutics Australia and Alimera Sciences. [More]
Scientists examine Gpr109a receptor to find potential treatment for diabetic retinopathy

Scientists examine Gpr109a receptor to find potential treatment for diabetic retinopathy

Like a daily pill to lower cholesterol can reduce heart attack and stroke risk, an easy-to-use agent that reduces eye inflammation could help save the vision of diabetics, scientists say. [More]
Three Johns Hopkins researchers awarded grants for work on potential treatments for diabetes

Three Johns Hopkins researchers awarded grants for work on potential treatments for diabetes

Three Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine researchers have been awarded two-year grants for their work on potential treatments for diabetes, Novo Nordisk announced this month. Of the 110 initial submissions to the new Novo Nordisk Diabetes and Obesity Biologics Science Forum Program, only four projects were funded, three of which are led by Johns Hopkins researchers. They are Jonathan Powell, M.D., Ph.D.; G. William Wong, Ph.D.; and Elias Zambidis, M.D., Ph.D. [More]
Discovery could have far-reaching implications for diagnosis and treatment of diabetic retinopathy

Discovery could have far-reaching implications for diagnosis and treatment of diabetic retinopathy

Indiana University researchers have detected new early-warning signs of the potential loss of sight associated with diabetes. This discovery could have far-reaching implications for the diagnosis and treatment of diabetic retinopathy, potentially impacting the care of over 25 million Americans. [More]
Interarm blood pressure measurement advised for diabetic patients

Interarm blood pressure measurement advised for diabetic patients

Initial blood pressure measurements in patients with diabetes should be taken from both arms, say researchers. [More]
Research report on global ophthalmology devices market

Research report on global ophthalmology devices market

The "Ophthalmology Devices Market (Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Scanner, Fundus Camera, Tonometer, Pachymeter, Perimeter, Slit Lamp, Excimer, YAG Laser, Femtosecond Laser, IOL, Contact Lens) - Competitive Landscape & Global Forecasts to 2018", published by MarketsandMarkets, the ophthalmology devices market inclusive of diagnostic, monitoring and surgical devices is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.8% to reach $9,466.7 Million by 2018. [More]
Research may lead the way toward new treatments for proliferative retinopathies

Research may lead the way toward new treatments for proliferative retinopathies

A new report published online in The FASEB Journal may lead the way toward new treatments or a cure for a common cause of blindness (proliferative retinopathies). Specifically, scientists have discovered that the body's innate immune system does more than help ward off external pathogens. [More]
SIFI, NovaMedica agree to market eight products for treatment of ophthalmic pathologies in Russia

SIFI, NovaMedica agree to market eight products for treatment of ophthalmic pathologies in Russia

Leading Italian developer of innovative eye care solutions S.I.F.I. S.p.A. and Russian pharmaceutical company NovaMedica have entered into an exclusive commercial agreement for NovaMedica to market eight products developed and licensed by SIFI for the treatment of a wide range of ophthalmic pathologies in Russia and the CIS. [More]
Antisense Therapeutics enrolls acromegalic patients in ATL1103 Phase II trial

Antisense Therapeutics enrolls acromegalic patients in ATL1103 Phase II trial

Antisense Therapeutics Limited is pleased to report that 24 acromegalic patients have been successfully enrolled and randomized to one of the two treatment regimens of dosing in the Phase II trial of ATL1103 for the growth disorder, acromegaly. This satisfies the necessary patient numbers proposed for the trial. [More]
Occasional drinking and physically activity linked with reduced risk of developing visual impairment

Occasional drinking and physically activity linked with reduced risk of developing visual impairment

A physically active lifestyle and occasional drinking are associated with a reduced risk of developing visual impairment, according to a study published online this month in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. [More]
ThromboGenics receives IWT grant to study potential new biotherapeutics for DME

ThromboGenics receives IWT grant to study potential new biotherapeutics for DME

ThromboGenics NV, an integrated biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative ophthalmic medicines for the back of the eye, today announces that it has been awarded a €3 million grant from the Flemish agency for Innovation by Science and Technology. [More]