MACULAR DEGENERATION AWARENESS WEEK 25-30TH MAY 2015
Macular degeneration, Australia’s leading cause of severe vision loss and blindness, affects more than 1.15 million Australians over 50 and without appropriate prevention and treatment measures, this number is set to increase to 1.7 million by 2030. Macular degeneration awareness week marks a time where we encourage older Australians to visit an eye care professional for an eye test and macula check.
What is the macula?
The macula is a structure located on the retina at the back of your eye. It is responsible for central vision and enables activities such as reading, recognising faces and driving.
What is macular degeneration?
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a condition that typically affects older people, usually over the age of 60 years. It is the leading cause of blindness for this age group.
The condition causes a painless loss of central vision, with possible distortion (straight lines look bent, words jumbled) affecting the ability to see fine detail, drive, read and recognise faces. Peripheral vision (side vision) is not affected.
AMD is a chronic disease requiring early detection and diagnosis, so testing is essential. Risk factors for macular degeneration include age, smoking, and those with a direct family history resulting in a higher risk of developing the disease.
What can I do to look after my macula?
Over the age of 50:
– Have a regular eye test and macula check (dilated examination)
– Incorporate the good eye health practices of diet and lifestyle into your everyday health routines:
– Eat dark green leafy vegetables, fresh fruit and fish.
– Quit smoking.
– Take supplementation when advised by your doctor.
Want more information?
Call our Macula Clinic on 07 5592 7900 to speak to one of our friendly staff. Alternatively, you can visit our Macula Clinic website at https://www.mdfoundation.com.au/