A tiny treatment option for diabetic eye disease


IN YOUR HEALTH – A TREATMENT OPTION FOR PATIENTS WITH DIABETES –BATTLING EYE DISEASE. DIABETICS HAVE AN INCREASED RISK OF VISION LOSS. NEWS 8 MEDICAL REPORTER JOCELYN MAMINTA WITH WHAT IS NOW AVAILABLE — THAT COULD OFFER IMPROVED CLARITY. IF NOT TREATED — DIABETIC EYE DISEASE CAN LEAD TO SEVERE VISION LOSS AND BLINDNESS.AND THE LONGER A PERSON LIVES WITH DIABETES — THE HIGHER THE RISK FOR IT.NOW – DOCTORS HAVE A TINY TOOL IN THEIR ARSENAL TO TREAT IT. 3 NO MORE SCHEDULED MONTHLY VISITS FOR DALDISON MARTINEZ TO TREAT HIS DIABETIC EYE CONDITION. NOT AFTER HIS OPHTHALMOLOGIST DR. JAMES WEISZ — IMPLANTED THIS. “IT’S AN IMPLANT THAT’S INJECTED VIA A SMALL NEEDLE.” THIS TINY IMPLANT — SMALLER THAN A GRAIN OF RICE — WAS INSERTED INTO DALDISON’S RIGHT EYE TO LESSEN THE LEAKY DAMAGED BLOOD VESSELS IN THE EYE — CAUSING THE BLURRED VISION. “I STARTED TO GET FLOATERS AND THEY WERE BEING FREQUENTLY.” SO DR. WEISZ TURNED TO THE LATEST TREATMENT OPTION FOR DIABETIC EYE DISEASE. THIS MINUTE CAPSULE IS PACKED WITH ILUVIEN – A STEROID DESIGNED TO LAST THREE YEARS. “TO BE RELEASED SLOWLY OVER A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS. SO IT’S A CONSTANT BATHING OF THE MEDICATION INSIDE THE EYE FOR THREE YEARS.” DALDISON WAS NOT RESPONDING WELL TO THE STANDARD TREATMENT — OF MONTHLY STEROID INJECTIONS. “THE MEDICATION CLOSES UP THOSE PORES SO THEY DON’T LEAK SO MUCH. IT ALLOWS THE SWELLING TO GO AWAY AND SHARPEN THEIR VISION.” ALREADY – “SIGNICANT IMPROVEMENT AND STABILIZED IMPROVEMENT.” DALDISON IS SEEING BETTER. “IT DOES CLEAR IT UP. IT DOES CLEAR UP THESE LITTLE FLOATERS. THEY KIND OF JUST START TO VANISH.” AND ONE IMPLANT MAY JUST BE ALL HE NEEDS. “HE MAY VERY WELL NOT, LIKE A LOT OF THINGS ONCE THE ISSUE IS STABILIZED FOR THAT LONG AND THE BLOOD VESSELS BEGIN TO HEAL, HE MAY NOT NEED THE INJECTION AGAIN.” 3 THE IMPLANT COSTS 8 THOUSAND DOLLARS.IT IS MEDICARE APPROVED AND IS COVERED BY INSURANCE AS WELL. FOR MORE INFORMATION – DOWNLOAD THE NEWS 8 APP OR HEAD TO OUR WEBSITE – WTNH DOT COM.

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