Get the basics on diabetic macular edema, a potentially vision-threatening complication of diabetes.
Frank Siringo, M.D., O.D., chief of vitreoretinal diseases and surgery at Omni Eye Specialists in Denver, talks about diabetic macular edema, a complication of diabetes that causes potentially vision-threatening swelling in the eye.
Diabetic Macular Edema is actually the most common reason why diabetics can lose vision. So, it's a really important problem that we're addressing. What happens in DME is, in the retina, the center of the retina we call the macula can get swollen, and that's called edema.
So in DME, it's patient with diabetes who has macular edema, and who has swelling in the center of the retina or the macula. These patients start to get very blurry vision, and luckily, there's a lot we can do to treat it.