Diabetic Macular Edema

Information about Diabetic Macular Edema

Diabetic Macular Edema

Diabetic Macular Edema is the result of another complication of Diabetes, called Diabetic Maculopathy, in which blood vessels in the eye are damaged, allowing fluid to escape and leak into the macula. The macula is the part of the eye that is responsible for detailed central vision. These leaks cause the macula to thicken and swell, which progressively affects a person's acute vision. Symptoms, if present, are: blurred vision, double vision and eye floaters.

There are laser surgery procedures and injectable medications that are available to help improve vision and prevent future vision loss. Laser light closes leaking blood vessels and injectable medications help absorb the leaked fluid.

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