While that effect had been known for a while it is not something that researchers had focused on in the past, she said. http://experteyedoc.macsverige.org/2016/12/05/uncovering-elementary-solutions-in-glaucoma/Sharma is looking at an experimental drug that in her early work seems to have blocked that type of action in those cells, using it both in the lab in human cells in the same kind of environment that is there in the eye and in a mouse model of diabetes. The hope is to prevent the barrier disruption to the cells that can cause them to become leaky and create inflammation, an early hallmark of the disease. The mouse model allows Sharma to test the compound in both late and early stages of the disease to see if it she can prevent diabetic retinopathy from happening, she said. Separately, the compound is being tested in human clinical trials in rheumatoid arthritis, which is also promising, Sharma said. Im more excited because I am re-purposing this drug, she said. I am not trying to develop a new drug. But that potential is why Augusta University has translational programs to try and bring those promising research ideas to the clinic, said Nussbaum , chair of the Department of Ophthalmology. And it is a big problem to address – there are at least 4.2 million people with diabetic retinopathy in the U.S., according to the American Diabetes Association. Diabetes affected 9.1 percent of people in the U.S. in 2014 and it is even higher in the Augusta area, with 13.5 percent affected in Richmond County and some surrounding counties above 17 percent.
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Mares A, et al. What can I do to protect my vision? Others may need to be put to sleep for a short time. These cataracts also may be due to certain conditions, such as myotonic dystrophy, galactosemia, Lowe’s syndrome or rubella. http://www.allsaintsportsmouth.us/experteyedoctor/2016/12/05/the-best-questions-for-deciding-upon-details-in-eye-surgery/Cataracts also can develop in people who have other health problems, such as diabetes. There are no medications or eye drops that will make cataracts go away—surgery is the only treatment. The risk of cataract increases as you get older. Phacoemulsification typically comprises six steps: Anaesthetic – The eye is numbed with either a sub tenon injection around the eye or using simple eye drops.