First Eye Drug to Treat Diabetic Retinopathy

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2015-03-30 10:34:58 -0500
Started 2015-02-24 10:03:20 -0600

"Lucentis has already been approved for the treatment of diabetic macular edema, and this recent approval for diabetic retinopathy is a major step for patients in our view. Recent data from the NIH shows that 40%-45% of people with diabetes have some level of diabetic retinopathy – that is absolutely astounding to us (we had no idea it was that high, but this also probably speaks to the stigma of diabetes and complications)." - See more at:

17 replies

Stuart1966 2015-02-25 19:39:08 -0600 Report

What ROUTE is this injection using prey tell?!?!?!

Injecting in the arm, leg, butt, belly, abdomen bring it on, in the EYEBALL… no #(#)$#$*# thanks.

GabbyPA 2015-02-26 14:36:58 -0600 Report

Sadly, yes. A shot in the eye.
"This medication is given by injection into the affected eye(s) by a health care professional. The affected eye is numbed before each injection. Your eye will be monitored before the injection. After the injection, you will remain in the doctor's office for a while, and your eye will continue to be monitored."

Stuart1966 2015-02-27 10:30:40 -0600 Report

They BETTER numb my eye, and use level 2 restraints while they are at it >: >

A (elephant) syringe coming right for my eye… yeah, go ahead, Im gonna sit still, right ! Not… -wg-

Type1Lou 2015-02-24 11:56:44 -0600 Report

With a family history of macular degeneration (Mom, grandmother, aunts and uncles) and with my risks due to diabetes, this is indeed good news!

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-02-24 11:27:28 -0600 Report

Hi Gabby,
This is wonderful news. I'm very fortunate to not have any problems with my eyes due to diabetes. I just need glasses but have needed them since I was 16 yo. Thanks for a great discussion. Hugs, VL

suecsdy 2015-02-24 11:15:55 -0600 Report

That is good onfo to have. Fortunately I do not have to go down that road. I saw the opthamologist in Dec and so far, no eye damage from diabetes, just regular old lady cataracts which I hope to get removed soon.

frog1951 2015-02-24 10:27:44 -0600 Report

That is wonderful - I had some bleeding around my eye and it went away when I got my A1C down. To do that I had to go on 800 calorie diet. Protein drinks and salads was all I ate. I only lost 4 pounds in 8 weeks. This is sad that this is the best I could do on the restricted diet that I was on. I went back to a 1500 calorie diet and gained weight. I am not going to go to the extreme measures that are required to make any progress. I feel that there is something not right with my metabolism. The doctors believe that I should be able to stay on an extreme diet for a year. They are not on this side. It is not that easy. I am beginning to hate Endocrinologists. I have not found one that is realistic. They think we are lab rads. It is sick. If I die in 2 years and I enjoy 2 months then that is the way it is. If they want to be a medical doctor, they should research more in a CURE. These treatments are very great but a cure would eliminate the need for treatments.

RebDee 2015-02-25 13:18:22 -0600 Report

Hi Frog: I am on a 1000 calorie diet. But mostly, I am on the NO WHITE DIET (no sugar, no salt, no white rice, potatoes, noodles or bread). I am not finding it hard to do as I can eat brown rice, sweet potatoes, spinach noodles, or brown bread (one slice at a meal). It is actually an easy diet and so far I have lost 55 lbs since my bariatric surgery in August 2014. I also try to eat only half a meal when I go to a restaurant and then take the rest home for another meal the following day.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-02-24 11:43:37 -0600 Report

HI Frog,
I'm afraid i have to disagree with you on one point. Not all endo's perceive us as lab rats. Mine is very good to me. Upon his advice of a low carbohydrate, high protein diet I've lost 85
Lbs. so far and am off all diabetic medication. I was on 2
types of insulin. What I do agree with is you were on a very extreme diet and you need not be. Count carbs not calories.
Of course run that by your dr. first. But most of us are on
the same type of eating plan. You have to like veggies and salads and meat. I eat no more than 60 carbs a day veggies, salads and about 4oz. of meat per meal and fruit. Look into it…you might find it something you can handle. Hugs, VL

RosalieM 2015-02-24 10:19:09 -0600 Report

Hi Gabby,
Thanks for that information. It is astounding to me too. That is a huge number.
that is not far from 1 out of two. Many of those people had their A1c in a good range too because of the diabetes drugs they take.. That is the disturbing part.
Imagine, I don't blame if you don't want to imagine though, what a financial effect
a burgeoning number of people who could become blind or nearly so will have on us all. The drugs to lower A1c don't seem to prevent macular degeneration.
The low carb diet should be preached everywhere, grocery stores should have a section for it, restaurants should have a low carb menu available. None of that is happening. I hope the new drug prevents the macular edema, but all the diabetic drugs don't prevent it from happening in the first place. So I am
not all that confident, I wish I could be.

GabbyPA 2015-02-24 13:48:03 -0600 Report

Cracker barrel had a low carb menu for a long time. I loved it. They removed it last year and I was so disappointed. It was the only restaurant that offered something like that