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Diabetic Retinopathy

Researchers identify new target for abnormal blood vessel growth in the eyes

A team led by Massachusetts Eye and Ear researchers has identified a novel therapeutic target for retinal neovascularization, or abnormal blood vessel growth in the retina, a hallmark of advanced diabetic eye disease. According to a report published online in Diabetes, the transcription factor RUNX1 was found in abnormal retinal blood vessels, and by inhibiting

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Macular edema on OCT

Eylea outperforms Avastin for DME in patients with moderate vision loss

A two-year clinical trial that compared three drugs for diabetic macular edema (DME) found that visual improvement was greater for participants receiving the drug Eylea (aflibercept) than for those receiving Avastin (bevacizumab), but only among participants starting treatment with 20/50 or worse vision.  Gains after two years were about the same for Eylea and Lucentis

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PRP for diabetic retinopathy

Ranibizumab Found Effective Against Diabetic Retinopathy

In a randomized clinical trial conducted by DRCR.net of more than 300 participants, researchers have found that ranibizumab is an effective alternative to Panretinal photocoagulation (PRP) (laser therapy for treating diabetic retinopathy). Results also show that the drug therapy carries fewer side effects than the currently used laser treatment.

Dr Allen Ho

Less than Half of US Adults Understand Their Risk for Vision Loss from Diabetes

A new survey at the start of Diabetes Awareness Month (by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.) has found that less than half of recently surveyed U.S. adults with diabetes recognize their risk for vision loss. The survey also found that less than one-fifth (18%) of respondents were familiar with diabetic macular edema (DME). The survey found that nearly one

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Patients waiting for an eye exam

Visit to Cochabamba, Bolivia

This visit was supported by a grant from Alcon Foundation. As part of our outreach into South America, we visited Cochabamba in Bolivia the week of Oct 26, 2015. We are collaborating with the Fundación Boliviana de Oftalmología to help develop retinal services in the country. Dr Oscar Cortex and his son, Dr Rodrigo Cortes, manage this

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Mediterranean diet

Mediterranean Diet May Prevent Diabetic Retinopathy

The Mediterranean diet may protect against diabetic retinopathy, according to a study published in Diabetes Care. Andrés Díaz-López, from Rovira i Virgili University in Reus, Spain, and colleagues conducted a post hoc analysis of a cohort of patients with type 2 diabetes participating in the PREvención con DIeta MEDiterránea (PREDIMED) study. Patients with type 2 diabetes

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A child's eyes being examined

When do you recommend eye exam for a child with type 1 diabetes?

A new study suggests that the occurrence of advanced forms of a diabetic eye disease remains low among children living with diabetes, regardless of how long they have had the disease or their ability to keep blood sugar levels controlled. Researchers are therefore recommending that most children with type 1 diabetes delay annual diabetic retinopathy screenings

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Migrated AMSCs in retina

Amniotic membrane derived stem cell transplants show benefit in retinal diseases

A team of researchers at the CHA University in South Korea has successfully transplanted mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) derived from human amniotic membranes of the placenta (AMSCs) into laboratory mice modeled with oxygen-induced retinopathy, which is used to simulate many retinal diseases. The treatment aimed at suppressing abnormal angiogenesis (blood vessel growth) which is recognized

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Indirect laser treatment

Belize July 2015

This trip was supported by Allergan Foundation, with instrument support from IRIDEX. Our CEO Dr Raj Agrawal made his second trip to Belize recently. This time, apart from seeing patients in Belize City, he also traveled to Orange Walk, which is an hour’s drive away from Belize City, as well as to Dangriga, which is

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