“The treatment of diabetic macular edema has come a long way with the availability of vascular endothelial growth inhibitor (VEGF) drugs for injection-such as Lucentis®, Eyelea® and Avastin®,” commented Baltimore Ophthalmologist Brad Spagnolo, M.D. “Often, we need to help advise patients and set realistic expectations for their treatments,” he further explained.
Researchers reporting in the British Journal of Ophthalmology shared helpful information about the importance of the VEGF inhibitor injection frequency in the treatment of diabetic macular edema. Diabetic Macular Edema is a common cause of vision loss in diabetics suffering from the effects of diabetic retinopathy. Today, we are fortunate to have a number of vascular endothelial growth inhibitor (VEGF) drugs for injection-such as Lucentis®, Eyelea® and Avastin®-that are helpful to treat and reverse the effects of Diabetic Macular Edema. The study confirmed that patients must understand that as their ophthalmologist and retina specialist plan and schedule their examinations, tests, and visits, often the best results can only be achieved with multiple injections over a period of time. In general, good long term results are achieved by about 4 months of injection treatment, but 20% of patients with persistent Diabetic Macular Edema at 12 months achieved a dry macula with considerable restoration of vision with sustained treatment through 24 months suggesting that persistent Diabetic Macular Edema at 4-12 months should not be used as a stopping criterion for treatment
If you or someone you know has diabetes and has any risk factors for diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema, they are encouraged to schedule an eye examination at Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter.
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