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Diabetic Macular Edema Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • What are you using to test your eyes at home? An Amsler grid, ForeSee device, or another strategy?
  • How often are you testing your eyes at home?
  • Have you noticed any changes in seeing straight lines? Blind spots?
  • How often do you miss a dose of your ocular vitamin supplements?
  • When was your last A1c test, cholesterol test, and blood pressure check? What were the results?
  • Do you need help quitting smoking?
  • Describe your vision changes or symptoms. Do you have blurry or wavy central vision, notice colors looking faded, or have difficulty reading?
  • When did you first notice problems or changes with your vision?
  • Do you notice vision problems in both eyes or just one?
  • Do you have a family history of eye disease?
  • How long have you had diabetes?
  • What was your latest A1c test result?
  • Are you having any eye pain, sensitivity to light, or other vision changes or eye symptoms?
  • What new symptoms or vision problems are you experiencing?
  • What strategies have you tried so far to improve your vision? Which ones have been effective?
  • Do my vision problems mean I have diabetic macular edema?
  • Could another condition be causing or contributing to my vision problems?
  • What tests do I need to confirm a diagnosis of diabetic macular edema?
  • What treatments are available for diabetic macular edema and how do you decide what's best in my situation?
  • What strategies can I use to improve my vision?
  • How advanced is my case of diabetic macular edema?
  • How does diabetic macular edema typically progress? Am I at risk of going blind?
  • Will controlling my blood sugar levels slow the progression?
  • What low vision aids can help me see better and maintain independence?
  • How will you monitor my diabetic macular edema so as to protect my eyesight?
  • What is the most effective way to monitor my vision at home? What changes should prompt me to call you?
  • What changes to my diet will support my eye health and vision?
  • What are the side effects of eye injections for diabetic macular edema?
  • Are my new or different symptoms an indication that my diabetic eye disease is getting worse?
  • What is the best treatment for my case of diabetic macular degeneration?
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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2019 Apr 25
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
  1. Diabetic Macular Edema (DME). Prevent Blindness. https://www.preventblindness.org/diabetic-macular-edema-dme
  2. Facts About Macular Edema. National Eye Institute. https://nei.nih.gov/health/macular-edema/fact_sheet