FDA approves glucose monitoring system

The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System to be sold in the United States. The Libre is manufactured by Abbott and is currently only available overseas. The system allows patients to view blood sugar every minute of the day without pricking a finger. The device will be available […]

Diabetics more likely to skip eye exams

Despite having a higher risk of developing serious eye diseases that could potentially rob them of their vision, nearly 60 percent of diabetics do not have yearly eye exams. Diabetics are at a greater risk of losing their vision to diabetic retinopathy and the disease can lead to additional blinding eye problems if not caught early and […]

Diabetes risk doubled with 2 sweet drinks daily

Regardless of whether you consume two or more 200 – milliliter servings of sugar sweetened drinks or artificially sweetened drinks on a daily basis, a recent study found that your risk of developing type 2 diabetes is almost doubled.  If your intake is more than 5 200 – milliliter servings a day then you have […]

Eylea effective for Diabetic Retinopathy

A two-year clinical trial has found that diabetic patients suffering from severe vision loss from diabetic macular edema benefit the most from receiving treatment with Eylea versus Avastin or Lucentis. Eylea was just approved for use by the FDA for treating diabetic macular edema patients last year. The study was conducted by the National Institutes […]

Lucentis beats lasers in treating diabetic retinopathy

A study funded by the National Eye Institute determined that Lucentis injections trumped laser therapy in treating proliferative diabetic retinopathy. The study results were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association online. 305 patients were included in the study with half of them receiving monthly Lucentis injections for three months and then only […]

Annual dilated eye exams crucial for diabetic patients

Diabetic patients are encouraged to get an annual dilated eye exam and with November being Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month, prevention strategies are being stressed. Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults. Close monitoring by an eye care professional can help lessen diabetes’ impact on vision and with diabetics being […]

Avastin more effective for diabetic macular edema

A recent study did a comparison of the three top drugs used to treat diabetic macular edema. Researchers took a look at Avastin, Eylea and Lucentis and while all three drugs were equally effective in improving vision in patients who had slight vision impairment, Eylea was found to be more effective in treating patients with […]

Pupil monitoring device can detect Diabetic nerve damage

Autonomic neuropathy – which can occur with diabetes – is when damage has occurred to the nerves that control the bladder, intestinal tract, and other organs. It can cause bladder paralysis, sexual dysfunction and diarrhea. A new device called a pupillometer has been developed by researchers at the University of Taiwan that can lead to early detection […]

VisiVite® Eye Formulas for Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetics with retinopathy or those who want to avoid retinopathy, would benefit from two VisiVite formulas, a study shows. The study, published in the International Journal of Ophthalmology,  showed that diabetics with retinopathy had lower lutein and zeaxanthin blood levels than those without diabetes. The authors hypothesize that this may be due to poor diet, poor absorption in the face […]

Obamacare not enough? Low income diabetic patients not getting eye exams

Diabetes is a disease that interferes blood flow to the eye which can lead to diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and possibly blindness and with almost 26 million Americans dealing with the disease, it’s important for them to receive regular eye exams to diagnose any problems early. However, a recent study found that low income diabetics fail […]