“Proliferative diabetic retinopathy” (PDR), which is responsible for 12,000 to 24,000 new cases of blindness in the United States annually, is a diabetes-related disorder involving progressive damage to the retina caused by leaky blood vessels. Treatment, which may involve the use of a laser to seal the leaky blood vessels, depends on the extent to which the disease has progressed. Recent research suggests that injections of the drug ranibizumab (Lucentis) have proved to be just as effective as laser treatments. While the treatment is relatively costly (requiring a minimum of six monthly injections costing approximately $2,000 each), ranibizumab injections could be the first new treatment for proliferative diabetic retinopathy in many years.
Diabetic retinopathy often has no early warning signs. At MAYO EYE CENTER, we are committed to providing convenient, high-quality, and compassionate care to all our patients. We’re located at 2890 South Lamar Blvd., where we believe the best way to provide you with quality eye care is by helping you understand your eye condition and how it affects your lifestyle. Please call us at 662-234-3937 to schedule an appointment.