Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) is a serious eye condition occurring at any stage of Diabetic Retinopathy. DME is caused by the buildup of fluid in the macula – or the central portion in the retina where vision is clearest. Over a period of time, DME can cause vision problems or even blindness.
2. What causes Diabetic Macular Edema?
Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) occurs when leaking blood vessels produce fluid in the macula, the part of the retina where our sharpest vision is controlled. DME can occur as part of diabetic eye disease called Diabetic Retinopathy, a common condition for those living with type 1 or 2 diabetes.
3. How is Diabetic Macular Edema diagnosed?
An eye care professional will conduct an eye exam to look at the retina for anything irregular. Tests may be performed to determine if DME is present.
4. What are the signs and symptoms of Diabetic Macular Edema?
Those living with Diabetes are at risk for Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) and should have their vision examined regularly. Vision changes that could indicate DME are:
Scotomas, or areas of “blacked-out” vision
Colors appearing “washed out” (or faded)
5. What is the purpose of this study?
This study is designed to assess the effect that the study drug has on patients with Diabetic Macular Edema.