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    Vitrectomy offers a viable therapeutic option for DME

    In an era when pharmacological therapy has become the mainstay for treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME), pars plana vitrectomy (PPV) deserves consideration as a reasonable alternative for early DME in appropriate patients, according to Maurice B. Landers III, MD.

    Dr. Landers

    “Anti-VEGF therapy has become the current standard of care for treatment of DME in the United States,” said Dr. Landers, professor of ophthalmology, University of North Carolina Medical School, Chapel Hill. “But it is extremely expensive and outcomes with its use in the real world are nowhere near as good as the results obtained in clinical trials.”

    Dr. Landers pointed out that modern PPV is safe, effective for reducing DME, less expensive, and the only affordable option for treating DME in most countries of the world.”

     

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