New Research May Help Prevent Blindness Causes by Disease – Diabetic Diabetes Complications”>retinopathy is a common complication when high blood sugar levels damage the cells at the back of the eye, known as the retina, which left untreated can cause blindness.
A delicate network of blood vessels supplies the retina with blood, but when these become blocked, leak or grow haphazardly, the light-sensitive retina becomes damaged and is unable to work properly. Those with diabetes are at a higher risk for these complications.
New research into lab-grown human cells found that blocking two blood vessel growth proteins could offer a new way to treat and prevent this from occurring.
Akrit Sodhi, assistant professor of ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, said that recently developed drugs bevacizumab, ranibizumab and aflibercept could help treat these blood vessels.