March 2022

Bevacizumab for diabetic macular oedema: one-year treatment outcomes from the Fight Retinal Blindness! Registry

Sanjeeb Bhandari, David Squirrell, Vuong Nguyen, Nancy Wang, Jane M Wells, Terence Tan, Rachel Barnes, Richard Barry, Daniel Barthelmes, Mark Gillies


Objectives: This study evaluated the 1-year treatment outcomes of bevacizumab for diabetic macular oedema (DMO) in routine clinical practice.

Methods: A retrospective analysis was performed on 298 eyes of 220 patients with DMO that received intra-vitreal bevacizumab between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2018 that were tracked by a prospectively designed, web-based observational registry-the Fight Retinal Blindness! Registry.

Results: The mean visual acuity (95% confidence interval [CI]) at 1-year was 3 (2, 5) letters better than a mean (SD) of 68 (15) letters at study entry. Nearly a quarter of eyes achieved ≥20/40. Eyes presenting with better vision (≥20/40) tended to maintain that vision during the period of observation, whereas those presenting with worse vision (<20/40) gained a mean (95% CI) of 9 (5, 13) letters. A mean reduction in the macular thickness was observed over the study period with the central subfield improving by 29 µm (95% CI 17, 40) from a mean (SD) of 402 (109) µm at study entry. Eyes that completed 1 year of follow-up received a median (Q1, Q3) of 7 (4, 9) bevacizumab injections. Sixty-two eyes, ~20%, that started with bevacizumab changed to either another VEGF inhibitor or steroid (triamcinolone) during the period of observation. This did not lead to functional improvement for eyes changed to either ranibizumab or aflibercept despite a further reduction in macular thickness. An improvement in vision and reduction in macular thickness was noted in the 13 eyes that subsequently received triamcinolone. Approximately 10% of eyes dropped out over 12 months, even though their mean visual acuity had improved by seven letters from the initial visit. Conclusions: Bevacizumab is an effective treatment for DMO in unselected populations.