Adalimumab (Humira, AbbVie), an immunosuppressive biologic therapy, improves the symptoms of noninfectious active uveitis, but causes some adverse events and does not cure the disease, researchers say.
At the 2016 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) meeting in Seattle, about 100 uveitis and uveitis-related papers and posters were presented by researchers from around the world. The presentations covered a wide range of research initiatives that are underway to treat–or at least understand how to address–uveitis. Here are five intriguing abstracts of research that were presented at the meeting.
Uveitis presents particular problems for ophthalmologists. Inflammation inside the eye can occur from so many causes that the diagnosis often requires painstaking, time-consuming investigation. As researchers have learned more about the disease, the possible etiologies and treatments have multiplied.
Studies of the efficacy of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), gene therapies, and slow-release drug delivery systems took center stage among treatments for retinal disorders in 2015. In addition to studies already under way, others are about to begin.