Diabetes-related disease can be slowed down with steroid injectionsInjecting triamcinolone, the corticosteroid, directly into the eye can possibly slow down the progression of diabetic retinopathy, which is a complication of diabetes that may result in vision loss and blindness.

This finding was presented in a report in the December issue of Archives of Ophthalmology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Proliferative diabetic retinopathy is a complication that occurs when new blood vessels form on the optic disc or another retina component.

The study was conducted by Neil M. Bressler, M.D., of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, and colleagues in the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network conducted a study involving 840 eyes of 693 participants having macular edema.