Did you know Macular Degeneration (MD) is the leading cause of blindness in Australia?
MD is commonly age related and most frequently affects people over the age of 50. One in seven people over the age of 50 are affected by the disease and the numbers increase with age. Macular Degeneration is sometimes referred to as Age Related Macular Degeneration or “AMD”.
MD is a degenerative disease of the central retina (the macula) that causes progressive, painless loss of central vision. MD affects the ability to see fine details, read, drive a car, and recognise faces.
Although there is no known cure for MD, depending on the type of disease, there are treatments that can slow the progression. Regular check-ups are important and new advanced technologies (i.e. OCT scan) also assist much earlier detection of the more aggressive forms of MD. The earlier the detection, the more vision you are likely to retain.
Who should be tested:
- If you are over 50 years of age, and/or
- Have a family history of Macular Degeneration, and/or
- Have Diabetes
- Regular eye examinations will help in early detection
- Have an OCT scan (Optical Coherence Tomography gives 3D image behind your retina)
- Eat a healthy diet, low cholesterol, rich in omega 3, lots of vegetables especially the green leafy type.
- Don’t smoke
- Wear good quality well fitted sunglasses
- Discuss supplements with your Optometrist