Did you know that one in three people over the age of 50 who have diabetes also have diabetic eye disease?

It’s the leading cause of blindness in working-age Australians.

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The most common macular diseases are age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic eye disease, including diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular oedema.

What is Macular Degeneration?

 

Macular degeneration is a condition that damages your macula, the central part of the eye that is responsible for clear and sharp vision and is necessary for activities such as reading, driving, and recognising faces.

 

Macular degeneration can significantly affect people’s lives:
  1. Loss of independence: Making it difficult to carry out tasks such as driving, cooking, and shopping.
  2. Social isolation: As vision loss progresses, it can become difficult to recognise faces and read social cues, leading to isolation and sometimes depression.
  3. Reduced mobility: People with macular degeneration may find it difficult to navigate unfamiliar environments, leading to reduced mobility and an increased risk of falls.
  4. Increased risk of accidents: Macular degeneration can make it difficult to see hazards such as steps and curbs.
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Why it is essential to see an optometrist

You can have early signs of macular disease without knowing you have it, but early action could help save your sight.

Regular eye exams are essential for detecting and managing macular degeneration. Your optometrist can detect early signs of macular degeneration and provide appropriate treatment to slow down the progression of the disease, helping you maintain your independence, mobility and quality of life.

Your optometrist will help you manage your disease with treatment and management strategies to slow down the progression of macular degeneration.

If you, or someone you know, is experiencing vision loss, it is essential to see an optometrist as soon as possible.

CheckMyMacula.com.au is an online quiz developed as an educational tool by the Macular Disease Foundation Australia. You can use it to check your sight, but the quiz does not replace an eye exam or advice provided by your optometrist.