Diabetic macular edema is a serious eye disease that happens when conditions like diabetic retinopathy go untreated. It’s caused by a build-up of fluid in the macula, the central part of the retina. Because of the location of the macula, macular edema affects your central vision and can cause other issues like faded colors and blurry vision.
If diabetic macular edema is allowed to progress, it can lead to complete loss of central vision and blindness. The best way to prevent this is with an eye exam once a year. With regular eye exams, we can catch vision issues early and implement the appropriate disease management plan.