“Mean Visual Acuity Changes Following Five Injections of Aflibercept”
Diabetic Macular Edema is a serious ocular consequence of poorly controlled diabetes. Even though significant research has been done to clarify the pathogenesis of DME, a clear causal pathway of the complication is of yet undetermined. However, there is some consensus among researchers that a cascade of inflammatory markers plays an important role in the disease process. The study hopes to better delineate the role these inflammatory markers play by investigating whether basal levels predict response or lack thereof to Aflibercept.
Drug - Aflibercept Injection [Eylea]
Subjects will be administered 2.0mg Aflibercept intraocular injection each month for 5 consecutive months. After the 5th month, the serum cytokine levels in blood work will be assessed as well as patients's visual acuity, and eye pressures. Upon completion of the trial, patients will resume receiving the usual standard of care.
Mean Visual Acuity Changes Following Five Injections of Aflibercept and the Relationship Between Ocular and Serum Cytokine Levels and Mean Visual Acuity Gains in DME Patients