Local opthamologist leads study

June 22, 2009 2:40:46 PM PDT
Five years ago, ophthalmologists started using steroid injections as a new way of treating diabetics with swelling in their eyes. Now, research shows that the traditional treatment for this disorder is still more effective, according to results in the online edition of the journal Ophthalmology.Despite the recent trend, the study funded by the National Institutes of Health proves that the most effective treatment to preserve eyesight in patients with diabetic macular edema (DME) is with laser therapy.

"Many of the investigators, including myself, were surprised by the results," said Dr. David Brown, ophthalmologist and retina specialist at The Methodist Hospital in Houston and local principal investigator. "We're continually researching new treatments, but sometimes the tried and true methods are still the best course."

This study is the first to compare the long-term benefits of both treatments and evaluate their potential side effects.

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