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Diagnosis

Getting a definitive diagnosis of DME from an ophthalmologist who specializes in DME treatment is an important step in your journey of dealing with your condition. Your ophthalmologist will run a series of tests to make a diagnosis.

Preparation – take all important information with you to your appointment, including:

  • A referral letter, if you have one
  • A list of prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines and supplements you take
  • Insurance cards (if you have them)
  • Names and contact details of other healthcare professionals who care for you
  • Your medical records (if you have them)
  • Your current glasses for reading and/or distance
  • Your contact lenses case, if you are asked by your doctor to remove them

Depending on which clinic you visit, treatment may be given to you on the same day as your diagnosis, and may be even your referral appointment too. However, the clinic you visit may ask you to return another day for your treatment. You should also remember that driving may not be possible after attending your appointment, as your pupils may need to be dilated for an examination. You will need to make alternative arrangements, which may include asking for somebody else to take you home.

Questions you may ask

  • What kind of examinations will I have?
  • When and how will I find out the results of my examination?
  • If I don’t have diabetic retinopathy (DR) or DME, when should I return for my next examination?
  • If I do have DR or DME, what are the next steps? How will these affect my vision?

Questions you may be asked

  • Your history of diabetes, blood glucose control, blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Are you experiencing any problems with your vision? If so, does it affect reading vision, distance vision, or both?
  • Have you had any episodes of sudden loss of vision, or the appearance of any obstruction to your vision such as clouds or floaters?
  • Have you had any other eye problems in the past (e.g. cataract surgery, glaucoma)?

Key patient resources

Understand where you are and what you need to do

Use our checklists to prepare for appointments

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