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Easy to understand information about eye disease related to diabetes. Created by doctors, for you.

DR And DME Can Affect Anyone

Real Stories From Real People With DR & DME

Hear Natalie, Brandon, Michelle, and Ismael chat about their journey with DR/DME and give us the lowdown on what they wish they had known about this eye disease!

Read stories from Luisa, Veronica and Rickie to learn about DR, DR to DME and DME.

DR Xplained Story

A real story from Rickie to learn about DR.

DR to DME Xplained Story

A real story from Veronica to learn about DR to DME.

DME Xplained Story

A real story from Luisa to learn about DME.

Meet the Xperts

Meet the medical experts that helped create the Xplained stories to make sure the medical information is spot on. We've got a pretty great panel. Take a look.

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Dr. Margaret Chang

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Additional Resources

Prevent Blindness

Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness is the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness touches the lives of millions of people each year through public and professional education, advocacy, certified vision screening and training, community and patient empowerment programs, and research. These services are made possible through the generous support of the American public. Together with a network of affiliates, Prevent Blindness is committed to eliminating preventable blindness in America. For more information, or to make a contribution to the sight-saving fund, call 1-800-331-2020. Or, visit us on the Web at preventblindness.org or facebook.com/preventblindness.



JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our strength lies in our exclusive focus and singular influence on the worldwide effort to end T1D. We are making progress towards our vision of a world without type 1 diabetes by delivering on our mission to improve lives today and tomorrow by accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. As members of the T1D Community, we understand the struggles and stress that come with this disease. We know T1D must be shouldered every minute of every day. The challenges to living a healthy and long life are very real, which is why we also provide meaningful education and support to the T1D community through our resources, programs and support network.


Join our Facebook Community

We've created a closed Facebook community where you can ask questions, be heard, be informed and be encouraged. By joining the community and meeting others who also have Diabetic Retinopathy and Diabetic Macular Edema, you have a place of support and positivity where you can come to connect with people who just ‘get it'.

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. There’s a disconnect between the language that healthcare providers use, and what many individuals understand. This can make you feel anxious at what is often a very difficult time in your life.

We believe there is a better way. We believe all people, regardless of age, gender, culture or condition, should have access to medical information they can understand! Everyone should feel informed and empowered, in
order to engage with their healthcare providers and be involved in making medical decisions.

This is why MEDICINE X was created.


Dr. Kim Chilman-Blair

About DR & DME Xplained

Real People

The Xplained stories are based on real people. It reflects their stories, experiences and advice to others based on how DME and DR played a role in their lives. There have also been lots of people who contributed along the way with their stories and advice. Thanks to everyone who helped create DR, DME and DR to DME Xplained!

Our Team

The Medicine X team are doctors, artists and creative writers who all work to make sure of one thing — the information is easy to understand. No more medical jargon! Everything is correct and up-to-date!


Each of our stories has a line up of rockstar-like experts behind it to make sure the story is spot on in terms of medical information. These experts are ophthalmologists from across the United States.

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