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Diabetic Macular Edema – Diabetic Eye Disease (Nursing)

by Rhonda Lawes

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    00:01 Now the next one is diabetic macular edema, that's a buildup of fluid in the macula.

    00:07 So look at our drawing there.

    00:08 See we've got the macula back there.

    00:11 You can see it's swollen, remember edema and tissues is not a good thing because the retina it's the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye and the macula is the part of the retina that's responsible for sharp, straight ahead vision.

    00:26 So you can imagine, if the macula is a demetist, now we're going to have a problem.

    00:32 Fluid buildup causes the macula to swell and thicken and that's what distorts their vision.

    00:38 Ready to see what it would look like if you had diabetic macular edema? There you go.

    00:44 Look at what that picture looks like, it's the primary symptom of macular edema is blurry or wavy vision near or in the center of the field of vision.

    00:54 Colors might also appear washed out or faded.

    00:57 Now if only one eye is affected the patient may not even really notice it because I told you your brain is amazing.

    01:06 That's why people can wear two different prescriptions in their eyes, one for close-up vision, one for far vision, and their brain does all the processing.

    01:15 Well, someone's developing macular edema, diabetic macular edema, in just one eye they may not recognize these changes because their brain is compensating for it.

    01:26 Again, seeing a professional on a regular basis is critically important because the patient may not realize it until the damage has really been done and the condition is well advanced.


    About the Lecture

    The lecture Diabetic Macular Edema – Diabetic Eye Disease (Nursing) by Rhonda Lawes is from the course Diabetes Type 1 and 2: Complications and Symptoms (Nursing).


    Included Quiz Questions

    1. Blurry or wavy vision
    2. Black spots in the visual field
    3. Loss of peripheral vision
    4. Flashing lights and photosensitivity

    Author of lecture Diabetic Macular Edema – Diabetic Eye Disease (Nursing)

     Rhonda Lawes

    Rhonda Lawes


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