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.
Scientists develop new method to reconstruct biological processes using image data

Scientists develop new method to reconstruct biological processes using image data

New diabetes eye supplement to be showcased at Expopharm 2017

New diabetes eye supplement to be showcased at Expopharm 2017

Second Sight achieves milestone with conditional FDA approval to start Orion feasibility clinical trial

Second Sight achieves milestone with conditional FDA approval to start Orion feasibility clinical trial

Vision research using donated human tissue could help millions suffering from diabetic eye disease

Vision research using donated human tissue could help millions suffering from diabetic eye disease

Bionic vision restoration: could future technologies restore sight?

Bionic vision restoration: could future technologies restore sight?

Immunotherapy shows promise in treatment of Type 1 diabetes

Immunotherapy shows promise in treatment of Type 1 diabetes

Quantel Medical wins FDA approval for innovative Easyret photocoagulator

Quantel Medical wins FDA approval for innovative Easyret photocoagulator

Researchers present novel gene-editing technique to prevent retinal angiogenesis

Researchers present novel gene-editing technique to prevent retinal angiogenesis

Low vitamin D may affect recovery of injured corneas

Low vitamin D may affect recovery of injured corneas

Patients with Type 2 diabetes and OSA found to be at greater risk of developing diabetic retinopathy

Patients with Type 2 diabetes and OSA found to be at greater risk of developing diabetic retinopathy

Two widely used drugs show effectiveness in treating patients with CRVO-associated macular edema

Two widely used drugs show effectiveness in treating patients with CRVO-associated macular edema

Researchers find way to use artificial intelligence to combat diabetic retinopathy

Researchers find way to use artificial intelligence to combat diabetic retinopathy

Scientists discover novel therapeutic target for retinal neovascularization

Scientists discover novel therapeutic target for retinal neovascularization

Dedicated staff contribute greatly to successful screening of diabetic retinopathy

Dedicated staff contribute greatly to successful screening of diabetic retinopathy

Scientists identify molecule that could be targeted to prevent vision loss in diabetics and preterm infants

Scientists identify molecule that could be targeted to prevent vision loss in diabetics and preterm infants

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