Diabetic retinopathy and macular edema are detected during a comprehensive eye exam that includes:
Your eye care professional checks your retina for early signs of the disease, including:
If your eye care professional believes you need treatment for macular edema, he or she may suggest a fluorescein angiogram. In this test, a special dye is injected into your arm. Pictures are taken as the dye passes through the blood vessels in your retina. The test allows your eye care professional to identify any leaking blood vessels and recommend treatment.
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