What is (DME)?
Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) is a swelling or thickening of the macula, the small area in the center of the retina, which allows us to see the fine details clearly. DME is caused by fluid leaking from small retinal blood vessels damaged by diabetes, and this causes blurred vision. It is the most common cause of visual loss in diabetes. Vision loss can range from mild to severe, but even in the worst cases peripheral vision continues to function. Laser treatment and/or Anti-VEGF injections are often recommended for people with DME.
Laser treatment can be performed in both our Peoria and Pekin offices as an outpatient procedure. The main goal of treatment is to prevent further loss of vision, but improvement in vision is possible.