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.
Auxano point-of-care indicator system for dry eye syndrome

Auxano point-of-care indicator system for dry eye syndrome

Antisense Therapeutics completes repeat-dosing toxicology studies for ATL1103

Antisense Therapeutics completes repeat-dosing toxicology studies for ATL1103

ThromboGenics presents Phase IIa microplasmin intravitreal injection trial results at the ASRS conference

ThromboGenics presents Phase IIa microplasmin intravitreal injection trial results at the ASRS conference

Study finds that visual impairment in T1D patients may be decreasing

Study finds that visual impairment in T1D patients may be decreasing

ThromboGenics completes enrollment for MIVI-TRUST clinical trial

ThromboGenics completes enrollment for MIVI-TRUST clinical trial

Alimera Sciences starts pilot study of Iluvien intravitreal insert

Alimera Sciences starts pilot study of Iluvien intravitreal insert

Sight for Life Foundation offers free vision care

Sight for Life Foundation offers free vision care

New technique found that may prevent vision loss

New technique found that may prevent vision loss

Patient enrollment for Phase 3 clinical trials of VEGF Trap-Eye completed

Patient enrollment for Phase 3 clinical trials of VEGF Trap-Eye completed

Stemedica files patent application for diabetic retinopathy treatment

Stemedica files patent application for diabetic retinopathy treatment

NEI awards grant to Vivakor for developing a digital photo-refractor

NEI awards grant to Vivakor for developing a digital photo-refractor

Thrombogenics issues business update and half year results

Thrombogenics issues business update and half year results

Researchers find connection between eye disease and arginase

Researchers find connection between eye disease and arginase

Stopping type 1 diabetes damage with vitamin C

Stopping type 1 diabetes damage with vitamin C

Diabetics who have retinopathy should also be screened for obstructive sleep apnea

Diabetics who have retinopathy should also be screened for obstructive sleep apnea

Protein kinase JNK1 identified as treatment target for retinopathy in premature babies

Protein kinase JNK1 identified as treatment target for retinopathy in premature babies

Columbia University licenses retinal imaging technology to PCAsso Diagnostics

Columbia University licenses retinal imaging technology to PCAsso Diagnostics

Growth factor TGF-beta helps maintain health of retinal blood vessels

Growth factor TGF-beta helps maintain health of retinal blood vessels

SARcode announces results of phase 1 trial of SAR 1118 ophthalmic solution in healthy adult subjects

SARcode announces results of phase 1 trial of SAR 1118 ophthalmic solution in healthy adult subjects

Diabetic retinopathy more prevalent in South Asians and occurs earlier

Diabetic retinopathy more prevalent in South Asians and occurs earlier

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