Fluocinolone Acetonide Implant Effective In Diabetic Macular Edema

August 29, 2011

Ophthalmology: The fluocinolone acetonide (FA) implant is a slow release streroid that is implanted in the vitreous. In a three year study, it was shown to be effective in treating persistent/recurrent diabetic macular edema. This may be helpful in those who are unable/unwilling to undergo repeat injections of steroid and/or Avastin. The problem, however, is a high risk of elevated intraocular pressure (61% were over 30), with 33% requiring pressure-lowering surgery. Those needing cataract surgery was also very high-91 %.




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