Lucentis May Treat Diabetes-Related Vision Loss

Studies Show Drug May Help Treat Patients With Diabetic Macular Edema
By Charlene Laino
WebMD Health News

Enlarged pupil and retina

June 29, 2011 (San Diego) — Lucentis, a drug used to treat people with vision problems from age-related macular degeneration, may help to restore vision among people with eye complications caused bydiabetes, two studies suggest.

The studies involved 759 patients with diabetic macular edema, a swelling in an area of the retina that sometimes leads to vision loss.

Two to three times as many patients given Lucentis could read an additional three lines on the eye chart, compared with patients given a placebo, says David S. Boyer, MD, of Retina-Vitreous Associates Medical Group in Los Angeles.

Vision improved from 20/80 to 20/40 (required to drive legally) in about two-thirds of people on Lucentis, he says. Most of the patients started with 20/80 vision, meaning their eyesight at 20 feet was the same as that of an average person at 80 feet.

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