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Diabetic Macular Edema at The Eye Center of Colorado in Denver

Normally, the small blood vessels in the Retina do not leak. One of the early effects of diabetes is to cause the blood vessels in the Retina to begin to leak by weakening the inner lining of the blood vessels so that they become porous. Leakage from the retinal blood vessels causes the center of the Retina, the Macula, to actually swell, a condition called Diabetic Macular Edema. Diabetic Macular Edema can occur in any stage of Diabetic Retinopathy.

The Macula is responsible for central vision, and thus Diabetic Macular Edema can result in vision loss of varying severity. The most effective and accurate way to observe and diagnose Diabetic Macular Edema is to perform a careful dilated examination with a Fluorescein Angiogram (FA). Using the Fluorescein Angiogram, we will be able to precisely and directly observe the severity and location of “leaky” blood vessels. It is important that leaking blood vessels be found as early as possible so that they can be most effectively sealed with Retinal Laser Photocoagulation Treatment. In most cases, early laser treatment will reduce the swelling and prevent further vision loss, but will not restore vision that has already been compromised.

It is also possible to have Diabetic Macular Edema and not have vision loss. Any diagnosis of Diabetic Macular Edema is an indication that a breakdown of the retinal blood vessels from diabetes is beginning and requires careful monitoring. In the discussions of your Fluorescein Angiography Study, your doctor will also make specific recommendations about how often you will need to return for eye examinations and the need for additional photographs or Fluorescein Angiograms. Please be sure to keep these appointments, as they are critical in helping you maintain your eye health and vision.

Diabetic Retinopathy is a common eye disease that affects a large number of patients with Diabetes Mellitus. With early detection and treatment, vision loss from Diabetic Retinopathy can be prevented. The Eye Center in Denver provides comprehensive diagnostic testing and treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy.

The Eye Center is conveniently located for patients needing an eye examination for Glaucoma from Denver, Aurora, Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Westminster, Evergreen, Conifer, Bailey, Pine, Highlands Ranch, Parker, Englewood, Littleton, Sheridan, Cherry Hills Village, Northglenn, Broomfield and Greenwood Village. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes or even if you are just glucose intolerant, you should have a thorough diabetic eye examination at The Eye Center in Denver, Colorado at 303-777-5455.

The Eye Center
2480 S. Downing Street, Suite 100
Denver, Colorado 80210

Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 8-5 Friday 8-4
Ph: (303) 777-5455
Fax: (303) 777-1175

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