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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.
Welch Allyn, LKC Technologies sign distribution agreement for RETeval DR screening device

Welch Allyn, LKC Technologies sign distribution agreement for RETeval DR screening device

Welch Allyn, a leading medical diagnostic device company that delivers pragmatic innovation at the point of care, and LKC Technologies, Inc., the worldwide leader in visual electrophysiology and inventor of the RETeval DR diabetic retinopathy assessment device announced an exclusive distribution agreement. [More]
Fenofibrate benefits in diabetic retinopathy mediated through PPARα

Fenofibrate benefits in diabetic retinopathy mediated through PPARα

Peroxisome proliferator–activated receptor α exerts protective effects on retinal pericytes, shows research that explains why fenofibrate is protective against diabetic retinopathy. [More]
Eylea receives Health Canada approval for treatment of CRVO and DME

Eylea receives Health Canada approval for treatment of CRVO and DME

Bayer Inc. announced today that it has received approval from Health Canada for Eylea (aflibercept, solution for intravitreal injection) for the treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME). This new indication comes just six weeks following the October 16th approval of Eylea for the treatment of visual impairment due to macular edema secondary to central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO). [More]
Eye screenings of underserved populations reveal one in five has early stage diabetic retinopathy

Eye screenings of underserved populations reveal one in five has early stage diabetic retinopathy

Eye screenings of people with diabetes in underserved communities revealed that one in five had early stage diabetic retinopathy, according to a new study by a research consortium including investigators at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. [More]
Leading causes of blindness can be detected by looking at how eyes respond to watching TV

Leading causes of blindness can be detected by looking at how eyes respond to watching TV

One of the leading causes of blindness worldwide could be detected by how our eyes respond to watching TV according to a new study from researchers at City University London. [More]
Endothelin gene expression linked to vision loss in premature babies

Endothelin gene expression linked to vision loss in premature babies

A gene known to play a major role in constricting blood vessels also appears to be a major player in the aberrant blood vessel growth that can destroy the vision of premature babies. [More]
New model of primary care could improve health of patients with type 2 diabetes

New model of primary care could improve health of patients with type 2 diabetes

A new model of delivering primary care studied by Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California researchers has the potential to improve the health of patients with type 2 diabetes. [More]
UVA Center for Telehealth receives 2014 Governor's Technology Award

UVA Center for Telehealth receives 2014 Governor's Technology Award

The University of Virginia Center for Telehealth received a 2014 Governor's Technology Award for making it easier to access high-quality care and health education for patients across Virginia. [More]
‘Reassuring’ findings on microvascular risk in diabetic statin users

‘Reassuring’ findings on microvascular risk in diabetic statin users

Statin treatment prior to diabetes onset does not appear to increase the risk of microvascular disease and may even be protective against some forms, findings from a registry study suggest. [More]
FDA grants Breakthrough Therapy designation to EYLEA Injection for treatment of diabetic retinopathy

FDA grants Breakthrough Therapy designation to EYLEA Injection for treatment of diabetic retinopathy

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection Breakthrough Therapy designation for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy in patients with diabetic macular edema (DME). [More]
New research shows statins could reduce common diabetes complications

New research shows statins could reduce common diabetes complications

The development of common diabetes complications that can lead to blindness and amputations could be reduced by taking statins, indicates new research published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. [More]
Professor receives award for development of anti-angiogenic therapy for retinal disease

Professor receives award for development of anti-angiogenic therapy for retinal disease

Napoleone Ferrara, MD, distinguished professor of pathology and distinguished adjunct professor of ophthalmology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and senior deputy director for basic sciences at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, was named today as one of seven recipients of the Ant-nio Champalimaud Vision Award in Lisbon, Portugal. [More]
Using molecular imaging probes diabetic retinopathy can be detected at molecular level

Using molecular imaging probes diabetic retinopathy can be detected at molecular level

A new study published in the September issue of The FASEB Journal, identifies a novel strategy to diagnose the leading cause of blindness in adults, diabetic retinopathy, before irreversible structural damage has occurred. [More]
ANP reports primary efficacy results from ATL1103 Phase II trial in patients with acromegaly

ANP reports primary efficacy results from ATL1103 Phase II trial in patients with acromegaly

Antisense Therapeutics Limited is pleased to report the primary efficacy results from its Phase II clinical trial of ATL1103 in patients with the potentially life threatening growth disorder, acromegaly. [More]
Macular ischaemia, retinal thinning linked to reduced visual function in diabetic retinopathy

Macular ischaemia, retinal thinning linked to reduced visual function in diabetic retinopathy

Macular ischemia and retinal thinning are associated with reduced visual function in patients with diabetic retinopathy, research suggests. [More]
Penn Medicine launches CAROT to build novel therapies for retinal and ocular disorders

Penn Medicine launches CAROT to build novel therapies for retinal and ocular disorders

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has launched the Penn Center for Advanced Retinal and Ocular Therapeutics (CAROT) to build on its previous success developing novel therapies for the personalized diagnosis and treatment of retinal and ocular disorders. [More]
KalVista begins Phase I trial of novel plasma kallikrein inhibitor for treatment of DME

KalVista begins Phase I trial of novel plasma kallikrein inhibitor for treatment of DME

KalVista Pharmaceuticals, an ophthalmology company with a focus on diabetic macular edema (DME), today announces that it has begun a Phase I, First in Human, trial of its novel plasma kallikrein inhibitor, KVD001, for the treatment of DME. [More]
FGF proteins play broad roles in wound healing

FGF proteins play broad roles in wound healing

Mice missing two important proteins of the vascular system develop normally and appear healthy in adulthood, as long as they don't become injured. If they do, their wounds don't heal properly, a new study shows. [More]
European Commission approves EYLEA Injection for treatment of visual impairment due to DME

European Commission approves EYLEA Injection for treatment of visual impairment due to DME

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that EYLEA® (aflibercept) Injection has been approved by the European Commission for the treatment of visual impairment due to Diabetic Macular Edema. [More]
Inadequate management common in young-onset Type 2 diabetes

Inadequate management common in young-onset Type 2 diabetes

Patients with young-onset Type 2 diabetes have worse metabolic control than those with late-onset disease, but they are less likely to receive organ-protective drugs, show data from the Joint Asia Diabetes Evaluation cohort. [More]