The disease can have a significant impact on your life, especially if you rely on your vision for your work or going about your daily activities. Your ability to drive, read, watch television, and even recognise people's faces is affected by macular degeneration.
The disease can also cause depression, anxiety, and social isolation, as people are affected by their visual impairment.
Why See an Optometrist
It's essential to see your optometrist regularly (every two years minimum), especially if you are over 50, or have a family history of macular degeneration.
Your optometrist can detect the early signs of macular degeneration when you have your eye check. They perform various tests, such as a visual acuity test, dilated eye exam, and optical coherence tomography (OCT) scan to evaluate the health of your retina and macula.
If macular degeneration is detected early, there are several treatment options available to slow or stop the progression of the disease to help you maintain your independence and quality of life.