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What to expect

In this section we'll walk you through your diagnosis and some of the examinations you're likely to come across during your eye appointments so that you have the complete picture.


DMO is often picked up initially by your optician or through eye screen and retinal photography. If they suspect a problem with your macula, they will refer you to hospital and you will be seen for further tests to confirm your diagnosis.

Eye specialist

Common eye examinations

There are a number of common tests healthcare professionals may use to help detect and identify any problems with your vision. These may include visual acuity tests using standardised eye charts for example.

Snellen Chart

What happens following diagnosis?

If your DMO is mild, your doctor may decide that treatment is not necessary. In this case, you will be monitored closely and started on treatment if disease activity increases and the treating physician feels a need for it. It is very important that you attend all your clinic visits to keep your condition in check.

Eye Check

Key patient resources

For your friends and family to understand the impact of visual impairment

Use our checklists to prepare for appointments

See what most DMO patients want to know about

An easy-to-understand guide to the medical terms

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Date of preparation - August 2019 | Item code number - PP-EYL-GB-0338