What is Macular Oedema?
Macular oedema is swelling or thickening of the eye’s macula – the part of your eye responsible for detailed central vision – and it develops when blood vessels in the retina are leaking fluid. It is characterised by the accumulation of “cyst-like” sacs of fluid in the macula.
What are the symptoms?
Who is at risk?
There are many causes of macular oedema. These include:
- Diabetes/diabetic retinopathy
- Age-related macular degeneration
- Uveitis (inflammation in the eye)
- Retinal vein occlusion
- Macular telangiectasia.
- Side effects of certain medications
- Certain genetic disorders (e.g. retinitis pigmentosa)
- Eye surgery (although this is a very uncommon cause)
How is the condition diagnosed?
Dr Hilford will undertake a dilated examination of your eyes and tests such as optical coherence tomography (OCT) and/or fluorescein angiography will be required.
What are the treatment options?
Dr Hilford will discuss treatment options as appropriate. These can range between from eye drops to focal laser treatment and/or intravitreal injections.