Macular Degeneration

Face the Facts about Macular Degeneration

An Eye Test Could Save Your Sight

Macular Degeneration Awareness Week – 21 to 27 May 2017

Only an eye test can detect the early signs of macular degeneration, Australia’s leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss.

With one in seven Australians over 50 now having some evidence of the disease, Sparks & Feros is urging local residents to have an eye test and macula check this Macular Degeneration Awareness Week (21-27 May 2017).

Having a regular eye test and macula check is the best way to detect the disease. You can have the very early signs of macular degeneration without knowing, yet a quick eye test and macula check can easily identify the disease. Early diagnosis gives the best opportunity to save sight.

Macular Disease Foundation Australia’s Chief Executive Officer Julie Heraghty, said that with so many Australians at risk of the disease, those over 50 need to ‘face the facts about macular degeneration’ and take steps to reduce their risk.

“Additional to having an eye test and macula check, preventative measures including eating a wellbalanced eye-friendly diet, exercising regularly and not smoking, may reduce your risk of macular degeneration,” said Julie. “And those with a direct family history need to be extra vigilant, as they have a 50% chance of developing the disease.”

Optometry Australia is supporting Macular Disease Foundation Australia’s efforts to increase awareness this Macular Degeneration Awareness Week.

“The week is a great reminder to look after our sight and for those over 50, to make an appointment with your local optometrist today,” said Kirsty Machon, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Optometry Australia. “An eye test can save your sight.”

Macular degeneration facts:

  1. An eye test can save your sight
  2. 1 in 7 Australians over 50 have some evidence
  3. 50% chance if direct family history
  4. You can have the early signs without knowing
  5. Diet & lifestyle supports good macular health

Free information on macular degeneration is available from Macular Disease Foundation Australia on

About Macular Degeneration Awareness Week – Sunday 21 May to Saturday 27 May 2017

An annual event to raise awareness of macular degeneration and to encourage those most at risk, people over 50, to have their eyes tested and macula checked. A free information kit is available from Macular Disease Foundation Australia by calling 1800 111 709 or visiting Your donation can help save sight. Donate TODAY!

About Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss in Australia. Macular degeneration is the name given to a group of chronic, degenerative retinal eye diseases that cause progressive loss of central vision, leaving the peripheral or side vision intact. Macular degeneration is usually related to ageing and most frequently affects people over 50 years of age. It is commonly referred to as age-related macular degeneration or AMD. Research related to the estimated prevalence and key facts refer to AMD.

About Macular Disease Foundation Australia

Macular Disease Foundation Australia’s vision is to reduce the incidence and impact of macular disease in Australia through education, awareness, research, support services and representation. The Foundation is a national charity providing information, guidance and support for those living with macular disease. It is the voice of the macular disease community. For more information call 1800 111 709 or visit

About Optometry Australia

Optometry Australia is the peak professional body for optometrists. Optometry Australia’s focus is to lead and advance the profession of optometry by putting eye-health front and centre of Australian health care. For more information on optometry services in Australia visit