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Cataract surgery helps AMD patients; steroid improves DME; online eye health forum
Date:11/2/2009

or the primary focus of AREDS, regarding the effect of nutritional supplements, showed that high doses of vitamins C, E and beta-carotene did not affect the development or progression of cataract, but this vitamin combination plus zinc did reduce the risk of progression to advanced AMD by 25 percent in the five years of the study.

Steroids Helps Diabetic Macular Edema Patients When Other Treatment Fails

A five-year study based at the University of Sydney, Australia, found that intravitreal triamcinolone (IVTA) effectively improved vision in patients with DME, a form of diabetic retinopathy, whose eyes had continued to deteriorate despite receiving standard laser treatment.

"The majority of patients who improved with IVTA after initial treatment continued to enjoy better vision at the five year conclusion of our clinical trial, and no new safety concerns were found in these patients," said lead researcher Mark Gillies, PhD. "We believe treatment with IVTA may be considered in carefully selected advanced DME patients when standard treatment has failed to improve vision," he added.

In the first three months after treatment, the patients initially treated with both IVTA and laser showed significantly better gains in vision than control group patients, who were treated with laser only. After two years, patients in the original control group were also treated with IVTA. The beneficial effects persisted in most IVTA-treated patients throughout the five-year study; however, 80 percent of patients in the initial IVTA group developed elevated intraocular pressure and 56 percent of them required glaucoma therapy. Also, two-thirds of all patients required cataract surgery during the study period. Similar outcomes have been noted in other studies of steroid-based treatment and thus were not considered new safety concerns by Dr. Gillies' group.

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Contact: Mary Wade
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