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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.
Vitrectomy scatter photocoagulation linked to peripheral thickening in diabetic retinopathy

Vitrectomy scatter photocoagulation linked to peripheral thickening in diabetic retinopathy

Early transient peripheral retinochoroidal thickening following pars plana vitrectomy for proliferative diabetic retinopathy may be related to intraoperative scatter photocoagulation, suggest researchers. [More]
ORT incidence increases in nAMD despite anti-VEGF treatment

ORT incidence increases in nAMD despite anti-VEGF treatment

Swiss researchers report that patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) experience increased incidence of outer retinal tubulation over time, despite treatment with a vascular endothelial growth factor blocker. [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]
Researchers advance stem cell therapy to block vision loss caused by diabetic retinopathy

Researchers advance stem cell therapy to block vision loss caused by diabetic retinopathy

University of Virginia School of Medicine researchers have taken a significant step forward in their efforts to use stem cells to block vision loss caused by diabetic retinopathy, a condition that affects millions of people with diabetes. [More]
Innovative formula prevents risks, painful treatments in people with secondary blindness

Innovative formula prevents risks, painful treatments in people with secondary blindness

The Mexican company "Medical and Surgical Center for Retina" created a way to transport drugs, in order to avoid risks and painful treatments in people with secondary blindness due to chronic degenerative blindness such as diabetic retinopathy and degeneration of the eye. [More]
OphthaliX enters into definitive agreement to purchase Improved Vision Systems

OphthaliX enters into definitive agreement to purchase Improved Vision Systems

OphthaliX Inc., a clinical-stage company focused on developing therapeutic products for the treatment of ophthalmic disorders and a subsidiary of Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd., announced today it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Israel-based Improved Vision Systems Ltd. in a stock-for-stock transaction. [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]
Can-Fite BioPharma reports Q1 2015 financial results, provides updates on drug development programs

Can-Fite BioPharma reports Q1 2015 financial results, provides updates on drug development programs

Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd., a biotechnology company with a pipeline of proprietary small molecule drugs being developed to treat inflammatory diseases, cancer and sexual dysfunction, today reported financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and updates on its drug development programs. [More]
Metformin can reduce risk of open-angle glaucoma in people with diabetes

Metformin can reduce risk of open-angle glaucoma in people with diabetes

Taking the medication metformin hydrochloride was associated with reduced risk of developing the sight-threatening disease open-angle glaucoma in people with diabetes, according to a study published online by JAMA Ophthalmology. [More]
Study could offer new way to treat, prevent diabetes-associated blindness

Study could offer new way to treat, prevent diabetes-associated blindness

Reporting on their study with lab-grown human cells, researchers at The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland say that blocking a second blood vessel growth protein, along with one that is already well-known, could offer a new way to treat and prevent a blinding eye disease caused by diabetes. [More]

Submacular air injection aids tPA haemorrhage displacement

Submacular air injection with a microneedle is effective at facilitating the displacement of massive submacular haemorrhages dissolved with tissue plasminogen activator in patients with age-related macular degeneration, an interventional case series shows. [More]
OAO report calls for better care for people living with eye disease, vision problems in Ontario

OAO report calls for better care for people living with eye disease, vision problems in Ontario

By 2031, the number of Ontarians living with eye disease and vision problems, already in the millions, is expected to double. This leads to significant costs for Ontario's healthcare system, with vision loss already costing the province $7.3 billion annually. [More]
TSRI study provides new insight into preventing diseases that cause vision loss in adults

TSRI study provides new insight into preventing diseases that cause vision loss in adults

A new study from scientists at The Scripps Research Institute shows that nerve cells and blood vessels in the eye constantly "talk" to each other to maintain healthy blood flow and prevent disease. [More]
Dry eye strikes most often in spring

Dry eye strikes most often in spring

New ophthalmology research from the University of Miami shows that dry eye - the little understood culprit behind red, watery, gritty feeling eyes - strikes most often in spring, just as airborne allergens are surging. [More]
Blocking Slit2 protein prevents blood vessel development that causes vasoproliferative ocular diseases

Blocking Slit2 protein prevents blood vessel development that causes vasoproliferative ocular diseases

Vasoproliferative ocular diseases are responsible for sight loss in millions of people in the industrialised countries. Many patients do not currently respond to the treatment offered, which targets a specific factor, VEGF. A team of Inserm researchers at the Vision Institute (Inserm/CNRS/Pierre and Marie Curie University), in association with a team from the Yale Cardiovascular Research Center, have demonstrated in an animal model that blocking another protein, Slit2, prevents the pathological blood vessel development that causes these diseases. [More]

Eyenuk's EyeArt automated high-throughput diabetic retinopathy screening receives CE Mark

Eyenuk, Inc. announced today that it received CE Marking for its pioneering EyeArt software, a suite of advanced image analysis tools for automated high-throughput screening of diabetic retinopathy. The company plans to launch its product in select leading eye care sites across Europe in the next few months. [More]

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]
Loyola ophthalmologist recommends specific foods and supplements for healthy vision

Loyola ophthalmologist recommends specific foods and supplements for healthy vision

You may remember your mother telling you to eat your carrots; they are good for your eyes. Well, she was right. "Carrots are actually just one of the many foods, and supplements that contribute to good eye health," says James McDonnell, MD, pediatric ophthalmologist, Loyola University Health System. "In some cases, eyesight can actually be improved depending on what you eat." [More]
UTSA professor named Gold Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthamology

UTSA professor named Gold Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthamology

Andrew Tsin, professor of biology in the UTSA College of Sciences, has been named a Gold Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthamology for his dedication and exemplary contributions in the field. Tsin will receive the honor at the 2015 ARVO Annual Meeting, May 3-7 in Denver. [More]
Patients with Parkinson's disease often face difficulties with reduced visual contrast acuity

Patients with Parkinson's disease often face difficulties with reduced visual contrast acuity

Patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) often have difficulties with visual acuity in low-contrast images. Because they may have normal high-contrast vision, this is often overlooked during routine eye exams. In the current issue of the Journal of Parkinson's Disease, researchers report that PD patients had significantly worse vision for low-contrast images at close (40 cm) and far (2 m) distances. Even for high-contrast images, PD patients' vision was deficient at far distances. [More]
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