Macular edema can be reversed with treatment by an ophthalmologist specialized in retinal diseases.

Macular edema is another term for swelling of the central retina, which can occur in macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusion, and after cataract removal.  Depending on the cause, macular edema can be treated with observation, eye drops, eye injections, retinal laser, or retinal surgery.  An eye doctor specializing in retinal conditions will take a careful history and perform a detailed examination to determine the cause and recommend the appropriate treatment regimen.