Macular edema, a painless disease

Written by: Dr. Jesús Ramón García Martínez
Published: | Updated: 12/11/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Macular edema is an accumulation of fluid that produces a swelling of the macula. This is the central part of the retina responsible for a fine view of details. It can be acute or chronic , depending on the time of evolution, although it can also be due to tractions on the retina .

Causes of macular edema

Macular edema can respond to many causes, although diabetes is one of the most frequent. It can also have other causes, such as vein thrombosis of the retina, ocular inflammation, after undergoing surgery, or degenerative diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) .

The symptoms that macular edema can present are usually blurred vision, although these tend to be painless, discolored vision and even a significant loss of vision.

Treatment of macular edema

The treatment of macular edema will depend, as in the case of many other diseases, of its causes. Said treatment will improve the patient's condition.

In most cases, the affected person will need a treatment that will range from eye drops, intraocular injections of anti- inflammatory or anti- pathogenic drugs, to one that requires laser technique, and may even need to be treated with surgery in cases where there is traction on the retina.

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By Dr. Jesús Ramón García Martínez

Dr. García Martínez is responsible for quality and member of the executive board of the Department of Ophthalmology Hospital La Paz in Madrid since March 2001. In his private activity is the Coordinator of the Department of Ophthalmology Hospital Moncloa (Oftalvist). He teaches as an adjunct clinical professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences Department of Optometry at the University Camilo Jose Cela in Madrid since 2009.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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