DME is a retinal disease that occurs when chronically high blood sugar levels from diabetes damage blood vessels in the retina.1,2 Talk to your doctor to learn more.

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Diabetic Macular Edema at a Glance

Are you living with Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) or do you know someone who is? Read on for what you need to know, including how to work with your eye care team to proactively manage your DME.

Explore DME in depth with the pages below.
Not sure if you have DME or want to see what the symptoms look like?
Explore the section About Low Vision.
Maryanne K.
DME Patient
“My DME diagnosis was both a shock and a relief. For years, my family knew that whenever we were all watching TV, I would ask, “What does that say?” I couldn’t read the captions, and I kept needing to get stronger glasses. I also take a lot of classes educating me on my diabetes, and I always had to sit way up front. I never imagined that some of these vision issues could be connected to damage caused by my diabetes, so it was good to learn what my condition was. Being able to put a name to what I was going through allowed me to take the steps I needed to take better care of my eyes and to help protect against further vision loss. Because of what I went through, I now always encourage people to stay on top of managing their diabetes.”

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  1. Facts about diabetic eye disease. National Institutes of Health, National Eye Institute Web site. http://bit.ly/2j1oO8K. Accessed November 17, 2017.
  2. Facts about macular edema. National Institutes of Health, National Eye Institute Web site. http://bit.ly/2AUxh7s. Accessed November 17, 2017.
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