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.
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Study shows Alzheimer’s disease-associated retinopathy can be ameliorated by dietary lysophosphatidylcholine-EPA/DHA

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Diabetes WA calls for greater recognition of diabetes impact on Aboriginal Communities

Diabetes WA calls for greater recognition of diabetes impact on Aboriginal Communities

The role of caffeine in preventing diabetic retinopathy

The role of caffeine in preventing diabetic retinopathy

UVA research provides new insight into common causes of vision loss

UVA research provides new insight into common causes of vision loss

Study investigates anti-VEGF treatment for inflammatory eye disease in HTLV-1–infected ocular cells

Study investigates anti-VEGF treatment for inflammatory eye disease in HTLV-1–infected ocular cells

Early treatment of diabetes-related eye disease does not improve visual acuity

Early treatment of diabetes-related eye disease does not improve visual acuity

Study reveals why hypoglycemic episodes worsen diabetic retinopathy

Study reveals why hypoglycemic episodes worsen diabetic retinopathy

Study directly links gut leakage with retinopathy severity in people with Type 1 diabetes

Study directly links gut leakage with retinopathy severity in people with Type 1 diabetes

Endogenous system may be responsible for delayed onset of diabetic retinopathy

Endogenous system may be responsible for delayed onset of diabetic retinopathy

High-quality reference genome assembly of the Nile rat facilitates diabetes research

High-quality reference genome assembly of the Nile rat facilitates diabetes research

NEI researchers create a high-resolution map of retinal cell chromatin contract points

NEI researchers create a high-resolution map of retinal cell chromatin contract points

Researchers uncover a key process involved in diabetes-related vision loss

Researchers uncover a key process involved in diabetes-related vision loss

New imaging approach could help accelerate the development of new treatments for eye diseases

New imaging approach could help accelerate the development of new treatments for eye diseases

Father of modern corneal science honored with the 2022 António Champalimaud Vision Award

Father of modern corneal science honored with the 2022 António Champalimaud Vision Award

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Topical ocular administration of progesterone could be viable treatment for retinitis pigmentosa

Topical ocular administration of progesterone could be viable treatment for retinitis pigmentosa

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