Diabetic Retinopathy News and Research

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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.
Study identifies therapeutic target for diabetic retinopathy

Study identifies therapeutic target for diabetic retinopathy

Study reveals growing problem of diabetic retinopathy among youth

Study reveals growing problem of diabetic retinopathy among youth

Two-drug combination shows promise against diabetic retinopathy in animal models

Two-drug combination shows promise against diabetic retinopathy in animal models

New RNAi treatment safely blocks ocular inflammation in mice

New RNAi treatment safely blocks ocular inflammation in mice

Increased growth factor protects retinal blood vessels in animal models with diabetes

Increased growth factor protects retinal blood vessels in animal models with diabetes

Powerful version of anti-inflammatory molecule may help protect vision in diabetic retinopathy

Powerful version of anti-inflammatory molecule may help protect vision in diabetic retinopathy

New book provides insights into latest treatments for partial blindness

New book provides insights into latest treatments for partial blindness

Fight for Sight, Thomas Pocklington collaborate to fund new neuro-ophthalmology research

Fight for Sight, Thomas Pocklington collaborate to fund new neuro-ophthalmology research

Second Sight successfully implants wireless multichannel neurostimulation system in human subject

Second Sight successfully implants wireless multichannel neurostimulation system in human subject

Many diabetic patients skip sight-saving annual eye exams, study finds

Many diabetic patients skip sight-saving annual eye exams, study finds

UC3M scientists use mathematical description to explain how tumors induce growth of blood vessels

UC3M scientists use mathematical description to explain how tumors induce growth of blood vessels

UAB experts seek to improve patient adherence recommendations for DR screenings

UAB experts seek to improve patient adherence recommendations for DR screenings

Six NIH-funded projects aim to identify biological factors that affect neural regeneration

Six NIH-funded projects aim to identify biological factors that affect neural regeneration

Telemedicine could be more convenient to provide monitoring for diabetic eye care

Telemedicine could be more convenient to provide monitoring for diabetic eye care

RPB continues research initiative to address urgent needs in treating low vision

RPB continues research initiative to address urgent needs in treating low vision

Researcher aims to shed new light on inner workings of the retina

Researcher aims to shed new light on inner workings of the retina

Researchers find potential way for delivering gene therapy to treat eye diseases

Researchers find potential way for delivering gene therapy to treat eye diseases

IU researchers create virtual tissue model of diabetic retinopathy

IU researchers create virtual tissue model of diabetic retinopathy

Thousands of volunteers join clinical trial to help transform early detection of diabetic eye disease

Thousands of volunteers join clinical trial to help transform early detection of diabetic eye disease

Pain reliever appears to help preserve vision in animal model of retinal degeneration

Pain reliever appears to help preserve vision in animal model of retinal degeneration