Steroid Injections Tested To Treat Diabetes-Related Eye Disease
Posted Dec 17 2009 2:30am
They're not yet recommending it as a form of therapy, but researchers believe that steroid injections into the eye may, someday, help to slow down the advancement of diabetic retinopathy (eye disease). This may decrease the need for laser therapy.
The study was reported in this month's issue of Archives of Ophthalmology.
"Use of this intravitreal [injected into the eye] corticosteroid preparation to reduce the likelihood of progression of retinopathy is not warranted at this time because of the increased risk of glaucoma and cataract associated with intravitreal steroid use," wrote Dr. Neil M. Bressler, of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, and colleagues in the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network.
"Any treatment to be used routinely to prevent proliferative diabetic retinopathy likely needs to be relatively safe because the condition already can be treated successfully and safely with panretinal photocoagulation. Nevertheless, further investigation with regard to the role of pharmacotherapy for reduction of the incidence of progression of retinopathy appears to be warranted," they concluded.