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One year after beginning Lucentis treatment for diabetic macular edema, the group who had a decrease in visual acuity also had the greatest decrease in HbA1c level.
The authors say that for uveitis “there is a large unmet medical need" for identifying other therapies. Adalimumab is associated with decreased visual impairment and decreased risk of uveitic flare, but more adverse events, according the results from a recent multinational phase 3 trial.
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“These cases highlight a potential association between erlotinib therapy and bilateral, acute, simultaneous-onset anterior uveitis and suggest some patients may respond to topical corticosteroids, despite continued use of the drug.”
The treatment of various eye conditions can vary widely depending on where a patient lives. While some countries may have the best technology readily available others are lacking in not only equipment but training.
Retrospective study results indicate that golimumab may be a new and effective choice for maintaining remission and preventing recurrence of severe, recurrent anterior uveitis in patients with HLA-B27-positive ankylosing spondylitis.
Adalimumab, infliximab, and etanercept, reduced the number of uveitis relapses in a retrospective, long-term study of uveitis patients with HLA-B27-positive ankylosing spondylitis who had taken one of these biological agents for at least 1 year.
A long-acting fluocinolone acetonide implant improved visual acuity and controlled intraocular inflammation for 2 years in 11 eyes of 11 patients with noninfectious intermediate uveitis, posterior uveitis, or panuveitis.
Because of the potentially devastating neurologic consequences of syphilis, this sexually transmitted disease should be considered in all patients who initially appear with uveitis.

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