Retisert treatment: For your eyes only

RetisertDo you know sympathetic ophthalmia can snatch your eyesight permanently and turn you into a blind person?

This rare, utterly devastating eye disorder occurs when vision is lost in one eye through injury or multiple surgeries and the body's overactive immune system attacks the remaining healthy eye.Thus resulting in complete vision loss.

Previously, patients suffering from this condition were administered with powerful doses of steroids and immunosuppressive drugs. But these medications have serious side effects such as osteoporosis, weight gain, potentially life-threatening infection and liver or kidney damage.

Also the patients were required to use them throughout their life. However recent discovery of a no-side effect treatment made things easier.

US ophthalmologists at the University of Iowa led by Dr. Vinit Mahajan are using a surgical implant called Retisert to prevent loss of eyesight.

The treatment involves the surgical implantation into the endangered eye of a small plastic tab that contains a slow-release steroid called fluocinoloe acetonide. The insert provides immunosuppression only to the endangered eye and lasts about 2 1/2 years before it is replaced.



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