Vascular And Neuro-Glial Dysfunction In Diabetic Retinopathy

Grant number: 299974

Abstract

The retina is responsible for sight. Vision occurs by interactions between blood vessels, neurons (cells that transmit electrical signals for vision) and glia (cells that support the retina). In diabetes, high amounts of glucose in blood increases certain factors within retinal cells. These factors slowly cause damage, such that after 15 years of diabetes all patients will have some retinal disease and many will loose sight. Indeed, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working people. The main treatment for diabetic retinal disease is to burn away damaged blood vessels, however, this treatment has problems. Firstly, the burns destroy healthy retina and the disease continues, secondl..

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