War on diabetes: An Inside look

Better ways to treat diabetic eye diseases

Oral drug and eye injections effective against diabetic retinopathy and macular oedema

Singapore National Eye Centre consultant Gavin Tan doing a mock eye check (above) and eye injection with Madam Kueh Jee Kim. There has been a shift away from laser treatment to drugs injected into the eye to treat vision loss caused by diabetic retinopath
Singapore National Eye Centre consultant Gavin Tan doing a mock eye check (above) and eye injection with Madam Kueh Jee Kim. There has been a shift away from laser treatment to drugs injected into the eye to treat vision loss caused by diabetic retinopathy and macular oedema.ST PHOTOS: LEE JIA WEN
Singapore National Eye Centre consultant Gavin Tan doing a mock eye check and eye injection (above) with Madam Kueh Jee Kim. There has been a shift away from laser treatment to drugs injected into the eye to treat vision loss caused by diabetic retinopath
Singapore National Eye Centre consultant Gavin Tan doing a mock eye check and eye injection (above) with Madam Kueh Jee Kim. There has been a shift away from laser treatment to drugs injected into the eye to treat vision loss caused by diabetic retinopathy and macular oedema.ST PHOTOS: LEE JIA WEN

In addition to better screening, there are now more effective treatment options for diabetic eye diseases, particularly diabetic retinopathy and macular oedema.

Since last year, the oral drug Fenofibrate has been prescribed to patients who are in the middle stage of any diabetic eye disease to slow it down.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 31, 2018, with the headline 'Better ways to treat diabetic eye diseases'. Subscribe