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Macular Degeneration Awareness Week: 20th to 26th May 2019

Wednesday, May 15, 2019   Posted in: Resources and Information By: Administrator With tags: health, older adults, awareness, disease

Own your eye health. 33,000 Kiwis have gone unnecesarily blind from macular degeneration - a treatable eye condition.

Aucklander Ross Legh was at a boring meeting in Sydney when he realised the building opposite looked like an Amsler grid. He had been given the grid by an ophthalmologist ten years previously, and used it to check for macular degeneration at least once a month. Following the instructions that day, he noticed that some of the lines on the building were wavy – an indicator that something could be wrong. Back in Auckland, he ignored suggestions from his optometrist they should monitor the situation, and instead booked an appointment with an ophthalmologist immediately.

“After four hours of tests, I was told it was wet macular degeneration,” says Legh - now a trustee of charity Macular Degeneration New Zealand (MDNZ). “The ophthalmologist told me that had I not come to see her so quickly, I could have been blind within two years.”

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in people over 50

Macular degeneration is a systemic disease that attacks the macula - the oval jelly at the back of the eye in charge of central vision. The disease breaks down the macula leaving patients relying on peripheral vision - often unable to drive, read a book or see the faces of loved ones clearly. Currently macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in people over 50 - affecting one in seven people in this age group. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

“Technically, there is no cure,” says Legh, who has wet macular degeneration in his left eye. “But there are treatments for wet MD – and they’re are outstanding. My vision has actually improved.”

The key factor in the preservation of Legh’s sight was early detection. The use of an Amsler grid at home can help every New Zealander identify when they might need a professional opinion. A fast diagnosis and compliance with the treatment regime can yield amazing results. There are currently no treatments for the less sinister condition dry macular degeneration, but lifestyle changes and the use of supplements have yielded positive results.

Macular Degeneration NZ wants every Kiwi to own their eye health this Macular Degeneration Awareness Week (20th to 26th May 2019). Get into the habit of using the Amsler grid if you are over 50, and seek a professional opinion if you notice vision change. No one need to go needlessly blind from macular degeneration.

Find out more about macular degeneration and take the Amsler grid test.

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