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Treatment eligibility

After you have a definitive DME diagnosis, your treating ophthalmologist will assess whether you are eligible for treatment. This may involve performing additional examinations.

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

  • A list of prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines and supplements
  • 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

Questions you may ask

  • Do you need to perform any additional tests?
  • If I am not eligible for treatment, what are my other options?
  • If I am eligible for treatment, what are my options?
  • How frequently is treatment given?
  • What might I expect from my treatment?
  • What should I tell the other doctors I see?

Questions you may be asked

  • Are you experiencing any problems with your vision? How long have you been experiencing them?
  • Have you had a recent stroke or heart attack?
  • Do you have any other serious conditions, e.g., cancer?
  • Do you have glaucoma?

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