How Is DME Diagnosed?
Learn how doctors confirm that a patient has diabetic macular edema.
Frank Siringo, M.D., O.D., chief of vitreoretinal diseases and surgery at Omni Eye Specialists in Denver, explains how diabetic macular edema is clinically diagnosed.
DME can be diagnosed right in the examination room by the eye doctor, which we almost always do with a dilated pupil so we can see into the eye really carefully. With the dilated pupil, you can actually see swelling in the retina just by looking with the microscope and looking into the patient's eyes.
We also use a lot of advanced pictures or imaging techniques such as OCT or optical coherence tomography. We oftentimes take pictures of the retina using dye that can show us leakage of fluid. but by and large, it's a clinical diagnosis before anything else that is made by your doctor.