Diabetes mellitus is a major cause of blindness and estimated to affected over 600 million people worldwide by 2025. This disease occurs when the body is not able to respond with enough insulin to control blood glucose. Ocular effects include fluctuating vision, dryness, diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, cataracts and glaucoma.
Dilation, OPTOS, and Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) imaging allow optometrists to look at your retina to detect diseases such as diabetes mellitus among many others!
Patients affected with diabetic macular edema experience varying levels of decreased vision due to swelling in the macula. Your doctor can help you detect macular edema and refer you for proper treatment. There are currently many new exciting clinical trials in the field of macular edema which can help reduce the amount of treatment needed. Please ask your doctor to see if you qualify!