New Hope for Diabetes Blindness

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: Between 40 to 45 percent of Americans diagnosed with diabetes have some stage of diabetic retinopathy.
Air Date: 9/21/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Nancy Holecamp, MD
Nancy Dr. Nancy Holekamp has been actively involved in clinical research, having served as principal investigator or sub-investigator for more than 15 national clinical trials dealing with age-related macular degeneration, retinal vascular occlusion, and diabetic retinopathy. Her efforts in research have resulted in more than 60 peer-reviewed publications and 15 book chapters, and numerous speaking invitations both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Holekamp is recognized in Best Doctors in America. She is a member of the major subspecialty societies, including the Executive Committee of the Macula Society. She is on the editorial board and acts as a reviewer for major ophthalmology journals and as a consultant to ophthalmic pharmaceutical companies.

Dr. Holekamp has been a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Ethics Committee for the past six years. Dr. Holekamp enjoys a national and international reputation as a leading expert in macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular occlusion, as well as retinal surgery.

She is Director of Retina Diseases and the Center for Macular Degeneration at Pepose Vision Institute.
New Hope for Diabetes Blindness
Diabetes is at epidemic levels, and over 29 million people in the U.S. alone suffer from this disease.

What some of them don't do, however, is keep a check on their eyes.

All people with diabetes, both type-1 and type-2, are at risk for diabetic vision loss.

A recent report published in Med Scape showed how this demographic is prone to skipping their eye exams.

In the Spring of 2015, the FDA approved a first-of-its-kind implant called Iluvien that slowly releases medication for three years, eliminating the burden/expense of monthly visits, as well as the emotional impact of worrying when the vision loss will return.

What do you need to know about Iluvien?

Nancy Holecamp, MD, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss diabetes blindness and this new medication that can reduce vision loss.


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