In 1921 the introduction of insulin revolutionized
the treatment of diabetes. Yet, as Elliot P. Joslin himself noticed, as patients lived
longer, they developed unexpected complications. One of the most severe was diabetic eye disease.
Experts estimate a half a billion eyes will be effected by diabetic retinopathy worldwide
by the year 2030. Left untreated, it leads to blindness after 20 to 30 years with diabetes.
A laser treatment, developed in the 1970s halted vision deterioration for some patients,
but didn’t provide any vision improvement. But, an injectable treatment discovered by
a collaboration between top experts in eye research and care changed all that.