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    • 01 NOV 16
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    NOVEMBER IS DIABETIC RETINOPATHY MONTH

    During the month of November there is heightened awareness regarding diabetes and diabetic retinopathy.

    The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is a leader in the fight against diabetic disease. According to their mission statement the ADA is dedicated to “prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes” The ADA strives to Publishes research and scientific information to diabetics from research into diabetes

    Prevent Blindness America (PBA) was founded in 1908. For over 100 years PBA is the leading volunteer ocular safety and health organization working to fight blindness in the United States.

    A diabetic vision threatening condition associated with swelling (edema) is Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)

    Diabetic Macular Edema - DME

    Diabetic Macular Edema – DME

     

    Treating Diabetic Macular Edema

    Treatment considerations for DME are:

    1. Laser which attempts to close the swelling producing areas of the diabetic’s macula.
    2. Anti-VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) solutions. This group of medications are injectables administered within the eye to prevent vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) from causing swelling.

    If you have diabetic vision problems or DME talk to your eye surgeon or eye care provider about which treatment is best for you.

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