Current Therapeutic Interventions

Current Therapeutic Interventions

Keratopathy in the diabetic eye is treated the same as in the non-diabetic eye with artificial tears, and antibiotics. Additionally, bandage contact lens, and tarsorrhaphy (a surgical procedure to keep the eyelids from opening wide in order to protect the cornea) can be used for re-epithelialization (allowing the surface cell layer of the cornea to grow back and heal). In selected cases new treatments will be used such as, topical administration of vasodilators (agents which allow the blood vessels to get bigger increasing blood flow and subsequently oxygen and nutrients to the cornea), aldose reductase inhibitors, and some growth hormones to accelerate re-epithelialization. These treatments are associated with a high corneal epithelial wound healing rate.