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"Direct Injections into Eye Show Promise for Treating Visual Illness" - Jane Farrell

  • ThirdAge
  • New York, NY
  • (November 07, 2018)

Although most of us shiver at the idea of injecting medicine directly into the eye, that method may work better when it comes to treating the serious eye illness macular edema, research shows. The study, conducted by researchers at a number of institutions including Mount Sinai, was published in the journal Ophthalmology. Douglas Jabs, MD, professor and chair emeritus of ophthalmology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and director of the Eye and Vision Research Institute at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, who conducted the research, said injections directly into the eye were clearly more effective. There could be a complication, though: Direct delivery of these corticosteroid medications to the eye can lead to greater pressure on the eye and glaucoma —a disease that causes optic nerve damage. But while more participants who received intravitreal delivery of corticosteroids showed a rise in eye pressure when compared to patients receiving periocular injections, this higher pressure was largely controlled with drugs.

— Douglas Jabs, MD, Professor, Chair Emeritus, Ophthalmology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, The Eye and Vision Research Institute, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai

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