Talking to your eye doctor is the most important step in choosing a DME treatment option that is right for you. The following information can help you get the conversation started if you haven’t already.

What is a retina specialist?

Retina specialists are ophthalmologists (medical doctors) who specialize in diagnosing eye diseases in the back of the eye. These experts can help treat a wide range of eye conditions, including DME. Retina specialists work in eye clinics and hospitals, and they are a huge asset to your overall vision care.

A retina specialist may perform a full eye exam and ask you several questions to help determine the best course of treatment for you. You can ask questions as well.

Questions To Ask

Here are some questions to ask your eye doctor:

  • How does my diabetes affect DME?
  • How might DME impact my life?
  • Are there steps I can take to help slow the progression of DME?
  • I answered Yes to either or both questions on the free, at-home Amsler test.
  • What are my options for improving my vision?
  • I have had diabetes for ___ year(s). Will this affect the treatment types available to me?
  • I have high blood sugar. Will that increase the side effects of ILUVIEN?
  • I have had eye surgery before. How will this affect my treatment options?
  • How can I reduce the number of eye injections I currently receive?
  • What are the long term benefits of fewer eye injections?
  • What is the procedure like for ILUVIEN?
  • Can I still get ILUVIEN even though I have glaucoma, cataracts, or other eye condition?
  • What type of payment or insurance coverage is available?
  • Can DME be reversed?
  • How does my diabetes affect DME?