Diabetic Macular Edema Injection Frequency

Monday, September 29, 2014

Diabetic Macular Edema Injection Frequency

“Diabetic Macular Edema is a fairly common cause of vision loss in diabetics who have diabetic retinopathy. Fortunately, we have specialized drugs for injection-such as Lucentis® & Eyelea®-that are helpful to treat and reverse the effects of Diabetic Macular Edema,” explained Ophthalmologist Claudia Castiblanco, M.D. “But, we counsel diabetics that they need to be patient as we plan and schedule their examinations, testing and treatment visits as sometimes the best results can only be achieved with multiple injections over some period of time,” she 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. The study confirmed that 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 questions or concerns about vision loss in diabetics, please feel free to call Doctor & Associates-203-227-4113, visit Doctor & Associates in Fairfield County or facebook.com/doctorandassociates to schedule an appointment.

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