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How does it work?

Steroid treatment works by targeting two of the causes of DME – inflammation and VEGF.

How is it administered?

Steroids can be delivered via ongoing injections into the eye or by less frequent implant injections that release the treatment over a period of time. Implants may have the benefit of less frequent administration than injections.

Does it have side effects?

Steroid treatment can cause other eye problems such as clouding of the eye’s lens (this is common for people with natural lenses) or an increase in internal pressure in the eye, which is a major risk factor for glaucoma, another disease that can result in vision loss.

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