• Is Avastin a good treatment for diabetic macular edema?


    Question:

    I am diabetic and I have macular edema (swelling of the back layer of the eye). The ophthalmologist prescribed intraocular injections of Avastin. Is it worth it? Will this heal completely or only a little?


    Answer:

    Intravitreal injections of Avastin or similar drugs have been proven to be the best available treatment for diabetic macular edema. A recent study demonstrated that Avastin works as well as other more expensive drugs when the vision is relatively good. However, when the vision is approximately 20/50 or worse, another drug called Eylea may be a better choice. You should discuss your level of vision with your doctor and ask about other drugs.


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