Getting a DME Diagnosis
In order to determine if you have DME, your eye doctor will perform a full eye exam. In addition, your eye doctor may ask several questions and perform tests to help properly diagnose your condition.
Simple Eye Exam
Your eye doctor will dilate your pupil and use a special lens to look at your retina and optic nerve to spot or monitor problems.
If you have diabetes, you should see your eye doctor at least once a year for this important eye exam.
Fluorescein Angiogram (FAc)
If your eye doctor suspects or detects DME, he/she will inject a special dye into your arm that is carried through your bloodstream to your retinal blood vessels.
Your eye doctor will observe how the dye travels through the back of the eye, and take pictures of retinal blood vessels to detect leaks and determine any damage.
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
To detect and identify DME and any associated conditions, your eye doctor will use a special light and camera to photograph and measure the thickness of your retina.
This test can help detect swelling and fluid in the retina, and it can help prevent serious problems like vision loss that results from damage to the optic nerve.
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