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  • Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss in Australia.

    Macula Month is an opportunity to raise awareness of all macular diseases.

  • What is Macular Degeneration?

    The central part of the retina (back of your eye) is called the macula. The macula is responsible for central vision, your ability to read, recognise faces, drive and basically seeing the world. In macular degeneration, there is progressive damage to the sensitive macula causing a loss of central vision.

    Key Signs/Symptoms of Macular Degeneration

    • Difficulty reading and working with fine details
    • Straight lines becoming distorted, wavy or bent
    • Difficulty recognising faces
    • Dark patches appearing in your central vision 

    Are you at risk?

    The risk of macular degeneration increases with age, a family history of the disease and smoking.

    What can I do to prevent Macular Degeneration?

    • Keeping a healthy lifestyle and a well-balanced diet
    • Don't smoke
    • Have an eye test. Early detection is crucial to this type of disease as appropriate management can be given.

    Visit your Optometrist today for a comprehensive eye test and more information on Macular Degeneration.