Diabetic Macular Edema
Retinal Consultants of Arizona – Dr. Mark Barakat on Diabetic Macular Edema
In diabetes mellitus, the body does not use and store sugar properly. High blood-sugar levels can damage blood vessels in the retina, causing diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) is a swelling, or thickening of the macula, from these damaged leaking retinal vessels. The macula is a small area in the center of the retina that is primarily responsible for our central vision.
Current treatments available for diabetic macular edema are laser treatment and Intravitreal Injections.
We are currently participating in several clinical trials that are working to develop new and more effective treatments for this condition.