Macular Degeneration Awareness week 26 May to June 1 2013
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness and vision loss in Australia. One in seven Australians over the age of 50 (1 million people) show some evidence of macular degeneration and this will rise 70%, to 1.7 million, by 2030 in the absence of prevention and treatment measures.
Well known Australian of the year, ITA BUTTROSE is also Patron of the Macular Disease Foundation leading the fight against macular degeneration and is encouraging all Australians to:
- Have an eye test and make sure the macula is checked
- Never ignore any changes in vision
- Eat an “eye friendly” diet and lead a healthy lifestyle
- Donate to Macular Disease Foundation Australia Research Grants Program
Know the symptoms of macular degeneration, which can include one or more of the following:
- Difficulty with reading or any other activity with fine vision
- Distortion where straight lines appear wavy or bent
- Distinguishing faces becomes a problem
- Dark patches or empty spaces appear in the centre of your vision
Test for symptoms
Every Australian over 50 should have an Amsler grid in their home to test for symptoms of macular degeneration. The grid should never replace an eye test and any sudden changes in vision noticed while using an Amsler grid should be reported immediately to your eye care professional.
See your Optometrist on a regular basis to monitor changes in your visual system.