DME Xplained


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DME Xplained

Follow Luisa's Story to learn about Diabetic Macular Edema and what you can do about it.


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Meet Luisa

Hi, I’m Luisa!

For many years, I worked as a phlebotomist drawing blood for a living and also did another type of drawings with charcoal! That was until I had trouble seeing things clearly and was diagnosed with Diabetic Macular Edema. It’s really hard to imagine losing my vision, but I’m hopeful now that I’m getting treatment from my retina specialist. I’ve also learned a lot along the way. I hope my story helps you a little too.

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Dr. Margaret Chang M.D., M.S.

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We’d love to know what you thought

We’d love to know what you thought

Prior to reading DME Xplained, how would you rate your knowledge about Diabetic Macular Edema?

Not at all knowledgeable
Not very knowledgeable
Somewhat knowledgeable
Very knowledgeable
Extremely knowledgeable

How much did you learn from reading DME Xplained?

Learned nothing new
Learned a little bit
Learned a good amount
Learned a lot

After reading DME Xplained, are you more or less confident speaking to your doctor about Diabetic Macular Edema?

I feel less confident
I feel neither more or less confident
I feel more confident

Which of the following best describes you:

I am a relative or caregiver and interested in learning more about DME
I have not been diagnosed with DME
I have DME, and am more likely to get my eyes checked for worsening disease after reading DME Xplained
I have DME, but am NOT more likely to get my eyes checked for worsening disease after reading DME Xplained

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Medicine X Story

Working as a medical doctor, I realized that far too many people are confused about their diagnoses, their conditions, and their treatments. The language that doctors use, and what everyday people understand can be two totally different things.

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