In the one year follow-up of patients who had ranibizumab with prompt or deferred laser treatment potencies.

In the one year follow-up of patients who had ranibizumab with prompt or deferred laser treatment, on average, significantly better visual acuity than the group treated with laser. Also, significantly more patients in the ranibizumab-treated groups gained vision, and fewer suffered vision loss potencies . In patients who climbed the study after cataract surgery and lens implants entered appeared results for corticosteroids and laser treatment compared with the ranibizumab results, but intraocular pressure in some corticosteroid – treated patients. Increased IOP is undesirable because it can increase the risk of glaucoma. Negative results were minimal in patients treated with ranibizumab. Results at two years were comparable to year, but the researchers urge further study long term long-term safety and efficacy of ranibizumab for the treatment of diabetic macular edema patients. – In the brave new world of health care reform the DRCR network will serve as model for future comparative effectiveness studies, Dr. Williams said.

Drs Bressler and Williams emphasize that people with diabetes should have their ophthalmologists to ask if the new treatment approach could be useful for them. Although ranibizumab is an FDA – approved drug for AMD, it is not use with use with DME. Not all insurance covers its use for DME at this time, too because the final DRCR network study results has just been published be, although some insurance companies currently cover this use on earlier, smaller studies with shorter follow-up basis to do. Moreover, the study did not evaluate network DRCR is a very similar drug bevacizumab , is definitive confirmation of the potential effectiveness in DME not yet available.

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