January 08, 2014
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Retina specialists examine evolving role of laser therapy in DME treatment

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Laser photocoagulation has long been a mainstay in the treatment of diabetic macular edema associated with diabetic retinopathy, but some retina specialists believe adjunctive use of laser may increase durability of commonly used anti-VEGF agents.

Before anti-VEGFs became the go-to treatment for DME, laser therapy was the norm, according to David M. Brown, MD, FACS.

“The treatment before anti-VEGF was all laser,” Brown said in the cover story of the latest issue of Ocular Surgery News. “However, the gains seen in RISE/RIDE (ranibizumab), VISTA/VIVID (aflibercept) and the DRCR protocols (ranibizumab, aflibercept and bevacizumab) are all superior to anything seen with historical laser trials.”