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Retina Group of New York Now Offers Long-lasting Ozurdex® Treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy
Date:7/14/2014

Hicksville and Hauppauge, NY (PRWEB) July 14, 2014

The Retina Group of New York (RGONY), with offices in Hicksville and Hauppauge, NY, has announced the availability of Ozurdex® (dexamethasone intravitreal implant) as a long-lasting treatment for diabetic macular edema (DME) patients. Ozurdex, a corticosteroid manufactured by Allergan, recently obtained an additional FDA-approved indication for use in diabetic macular edema. Ozurdex was previously approved by the FDA in 2009 for treatment of retinal vascular occlusions and and in 2010 for non-infectious uveitis (inflammation in the eye).

DME, a leading cause of vision loss in diabetic patients, is a condition in which microvascular damage from diabetes leads to leakage in the central portion of the retina, the macula. This causes blurring and loss of vision, and eventually legal blindness. The OZURDEX® biodegradable implant is delivered as an injection, and is administered during an office visit. The medication is slowly released over a period of months, suppressing inflammation, a key factor in DME. On average, patients receiving the medication demonstrate an improvement in vision and less leakage.

According to James M. Maisel, M.D., Chairman of the Retina Group of New York and a vitreoretinal surgeon, “Laser treatments and vitreous surgery have nearly eliminated the blinding complications of proliferative diabetic retinopathy for decades. However, over half a million diabetics with the background form of diabetic retinopathy develop diabetic macular edema (DME), threatening their fine vision, and their ability to read and drive. Precise focal laser treatment for DME typically only slowed visual loss. In 2010, Lucentis® was approved for treatment of DME and quickly became the standard of care, stabilizing or improving vision two lines in two years in about 1/3 of patients but often requiring monthly injections. We are thrilled to now have a secon
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