Envision Optical
Optometrist in QLD and NSW

Do you know what the leading cause of blindness in Australia is?

May 17, 2016
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Posted By: Envision Optical

Macular Degeneration: The Facts

This week is Macular Degeneration Awareness Week (24-30 May) with the key message, “How’s Your Macula?“. Macular degeneration is Australia’s leading cause of severe vision loss and blindness. There is no cure. Did you know that over 1.5 million Australians over 50 are living with some evidence of macular degeneration? That’s a lot of people. One in four people over 50 are not having their eyes tested and their macula checked, despite 85% being aware of macular degeneration. Prevention is key to reducing your risk of developing this condition.

 

Risk Factors

  • Being over the age of 50
  • Direct family history
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Poor diet

Symptoms of Macular Degeneration

Symptoms of macular degeneration may include one or more of the 4 D’s.

  • 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

In the earliest stages you won’t necessarily have any visual symptoms and these minor signs are only detectable through a comprehensive eye exam.

 

Tips for Prevention

  • Regular eye test and macula check
  • Eat well and include dark, green leafy vegetables, fresh fruit and fish regularly
  • Quit smoking

How’s Your Macula?

The unique technology we have at Envision Optical allows us to measure your risk of developing macular degeneration. Using Queensland’s only MPOD devices, and only 1 of 3 eye care practices in Australia who have this technology, we measure the macular pigment density in your eye, which is the internal protective layer that filters harmful light from damaging the sensitive macula cells. Dietary changes and supplements can enhance this layer, thereby reducing your risk of AMD. Like sunscreen, protection early in life makes a big difference for later on, so it’s important everyone has this test to assess this part of their risk profile. The best part is you can easily do something about the results! To learn more about your own macula health, call one of our practices to book in your macula test.

 

We are open. Burleigh practice is following guidelines, only seeing essential and urgent care this week under lockdown rules. With our two practices in different states, we continue to monitor the current situations with COVID-19 in QLD and NSW and the Health Department guidelines. We are updating accordingly with high-standard policies and procedures in place to ensure your and our safety are prioritized and maintained. We care about our community and aim to follow best practice, and appreciate your support when visiting us. For more information please click here or give us a call.