How Will DME Affect My Daily Life?
There can be significant impacts on your routine when you have diabetic macular degeneration.
Frank Siringo, M.D., O.D., chief of vitreoretinal diseases and surgery at Omni Eye Specialists in Denver, explains how diabetic macular edema can alter a patient's life and daily routine.
It's important to know for DME patients, they are much younger than a lot of other patients with severe vision loss. Most patients with DME are working age. The most common reason why working age people can have vision loss is DME, so this is a really important problem.
What patients generally notice is that they can't read well anymore, and working age people nowadays, they're staring at the computer all day. Again, it's not a fluctuation of vision like it's good for an hour and then it gets really blurry. These patients, no matter what, it's usually one eye much worse than the other. They feel like their vision is just very, very blurry no matter what.
Driving is also impacted because at near or far the retina is still swollen. Driving can become very, very difficult, especially if both eyes are affected, because again, this is not something that a change of glasses will improve.