Hypertension drug may prevent eye damage

September 26, 2008 2:18:49 PM PDT
A treatment to lower blood pressure may also provide some protection against eye damage. Most doctors agree, the best way to prevent eye damage from diabetes is to keep blood-sugar levels under control.

But new research suggests that a drug to treat high blood pressure may help as well.

A team of international researchers performed several large studies on people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. They found that a pill marketed as Atacand or Ratacand lowered the risk in type 1 diabetics for developing eye damage by about 18 percent.

In those people with type 2 diabetes the medication tended to slow progression of vision loss.

Details on the research are in The Lancet medical journal.