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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.
  • 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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Last Review Date: 2019 Apr 25
  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
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