How to treat cystoid macular edema?

Q:
How to treat cystoid macular edema?

A:
Cystoid macular edema or CME, is a painless disorder which affects the central retina or macula. Sometimes the macula becomes swollen with fluid.

Cause

There are many known causes of cystoid macular edema. These include:

  • Eye surgery
  • Diabetes
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Blockage in veins of the retina (e.g., retinal vein occlusion)
  • Inflammation of the eye
  • Injury to the eye
  • Side effects of medications

Symptoms

Potential symptoms of cystoid macular edema include blurry or “wavy” vision, usually in the middle of the field of view. Colors might also appear different.

Treatment

Because many factors can lead to CME, effective treatment will vary. Retinal inflammation is usually treated with anti-inflammatory medications. These are usually given as eye drops. Sometimes, a surgery to remove the vitreous gel may be needed.

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