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Get referred for a diagnosis

Getting a referral to an ophthalmologist who specializes in DME is the first step on your journey to dealing with your condition.

How it works

There are a number of ways you can get referred to an ophthalmologist, starting with:

  • An optometrist
  • An endocrinologist / diabetologist (diabetes specialist)
  • An ophthalmologist specializing in other, unrelated eye conditions
  • A primary care physician

Many people start by contacting their primary care physicians, making their concerns known, and seeking a referral to a relevant ophthalmologist via this route.

Prepare for a Referral to ophthalmologist appointment

Key patient resources

Understand where you are and what you need to do

Use our checklists to prepare for appointments

See what most DME patients want to know about

An easy-to-understand guide to the medical terms