Diabetic Retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that affects the eyes. It is caused by damage to the blood vessels of the retina (light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye).
The longer a person has diabetes and the less controlled their blood sugar is, the more likely they are to develop Diabetic Retinopathy and potentially lose their vision.
Traditional Treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy
Traditionally, treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy has focused on helping patients to control the level of sugar in their blood with diet and medication. In more advanced stages, surgery may be considered.
New Treatment Option for Diabetic Retinopathy
A recent study published by Emory Health Sciences shows that dopamine-restoring drugs already used to treat Parkinson’s Disease may also be beneficial for the treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy.
There was prior evidence that dopamine levels were lower in those with Diabetic Retinopathy, but this study showed that visual function could be improved in an animal model of diabetes.
Bromocriptine, a dopamine receptor agonist, is already FDA-approved to treat type 2 diabetes. The study investigators believe that it will be important to see if these medications have the same result in humans.
Regular Eye Exams are a Must
For now, those with diabetes should schedule regular visits with their Eye M.D. Any sudden vision changes or vision that becomes blurry, spotty, or hazy warrants immediate medical attention.
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