Eye Drops: If cystoid macular edema presents itself after eye surgery, an ophthalmologist may prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory eye drops over the next few months to reduce swelling in the eye. Regular office visits with OCT imaging will allow the ophthalmologist to determine the correct drop regimen for you.
Steroid Treatment: If it is determined that uveitis – an inflammatory eye disease – is the underlying cause for edema, steroid drops will be given to the patient initially until lab results can be obtained. Once a specific infection or autoimmune disorder is discovered, the patient may be treated with steroid medication or antibiotics. This treatment may be given in the form of eye drops, pills, or injections. The ophthalmologist may also consider a consultation with a rheumatologist for further management of medications.
What Are the Outcomes After Treatment?
Successful treatment of macular edema is possible. Given the cause of edema, with appropriate treatments and time, many patients rid themselves of swelling. Although full recovery of macular edema may not be possible for some, continued treatment will allow for stabilized vision.
Dr. Anita Shane has years of experience in diagnosing, treating, and managing macular edema.
If you are experiencing any signs or symptoms related to macular edema, consider having a dilated eye exam. This exam may also consist of specialized testing and photographs to determine appropriate treatment. Macular edema has many effective treatment options, so contact Venice Retina today!