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What is diabetic macular edema (DME)?

Diabetic macular edema (DME) is the most common cause of visual loss from diabetes. DME means that the center of retina is swollen in reaction to elevated blood glucose levels. Normally, the retina can quickly respond to changes in light intensity. However, when the retina is swollen, it undergoes a process know as photostress in response to direct bright light and this can cause what might be described as a "white powder" effect.

Reducing chronically high blood glucose levels is the first place to start if you would like to focus on regaining the functionality of your eyes.

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