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 […]

It’s National Diabetes Month

With November being National Diabetes Month, it’s a good time to educate yourself more about diabetes and if you are one of the 26 million Americans living with the disease, it’s important to make sure you are taking all of the necessary precautions to maintain good health. Getting a comprehensive dilated eye exam once a […]

Stem cells offer potential treatment of diabetic retinopathy

The University of Virginia School of Medicine is currently researching a potential stem cell therapy to treat diabetic retinopathy. A successful therapy would hopefully save the vision of millions of patients and offer a viable alternative to the current treatments of either laser therapy or monthly injections. The research involved using stem cells derived from […]

New stem cell therapy being developed for diabetic retinopathy

Researchers are on the verge of refining stem cell treatments that would stop and possibly even reverse the vision loss caused by diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is caused by complications of diabetes mellitus, which can lead to complete vision loss. The disease affects up to 80% of patients who have been diabetic for ten or […]

Sugar availability is associated with increased prevalence of diabetes

A recent cross-sectional study, published in the PLoS One, has shown that sugar availability is associated with increased diabetes prevalence. Diabetes prevalence has been increasing dramatically, with nearly 1 in 10 adults worldwide now affected by the condition. Previously, obesity was considered the major risk factor for diabetes, specifically type 2. Obesity was thought to […]