Dr. Eaton among panel of experts on improving outcomes for diabetic macular edema

Retina Health Center Director Dr. Alexander Eaton recently participated in a panel discussion during the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology meeting in Colorado. Dr. Eaton joined retinal specialists from around the country, including physicians from Duke University School of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College and Tufts University School of Medicine, to discuss the current understanding of diabetic macular edema, its causes and the latest and best treatment options for patients. The panel discussion has been published in the November/December 2015 issue of Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging (OSLI) Retina, a publication of peer-reviewed clinical science and case report articles focusing on retinal disease, surgery and pharmacotherapy.

Diabetic macular edema, or DME, occurs in people with diabetes when the blood vessels in the eye become damaged as a result of elevated blood sugars and byproducts. The condition can lead to vision loss.

Dr. Eaton is a nationally regarded expert on the treatment of DME, and Retina Health Center was the first center in the U.S. to treat DME patients with ILUVIEN since the FDA approval of the ILUVIEN implant for the treatment of DME.

Retina Health Center and the Macular Degeneration Research Center were established in 2002 by Dr. Alexander M. Eaton, a long-time Southwest Florida resident, who has been practicing ophthalmology in Lee and Collier counties for more than 20 years. Dr. Eaton has been the principal investigator for numerous studies to prevent and treat macular degeneration, and has invented numerous medical devices for use by patients and physicians that are used worldwide. For more information on the latest studies or to make an appointment, call 239-337-3337 in Fort Myers or 239-793-5200 in Naples.

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