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How healthy is your macula?

Amanda Rungis - Monday, May 22, 2017

This is Macular Degeneration Awareness Week. Macular degeneration (MD) is the most common cause of blindness in Australia. It affects 1 in 7 Australians over the age of 50. A direct family history of macular degeneration brings a 50% chance of developing the disease.

The condition is progressive and leads to central vision loss. This has a huge impact on quality of life as it affects the patient’s ability to do everyday tasks such as reading and driving. If left untreated the damage can become irreparable and cause blindness.

MD claimed my grandfather’s vision. He lost his sight, then lost his independence and as a result gave up the will to live. He said to my grandmother, his wife of 58 years, that the thing he missed most was her beautiful face.

That’s why I've always ensured that the optometrists at Sure Optical have the latest technologies for the early detection of MD. We're the only practice on the Central Coast to offer both the MPOD (macular pigment screening) and Optical Coherence Tomography (3D scan of the macula). We call this as our Advanced Macular Examination.

Advanced Macular Examination is recommended for all adults over 40, especially those with known risk factors:

  • Smoking
  • Family history
  • Increasing age
  • Obesity
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure

Upon evaluation and detection of those at high risk of developing MD, we can recommend options for reducing the risk and potentially protecting your vision. For example, low levels of macular pigment can be improved simply through diet, vitamin supplements and / or lifestyle changes.

To ensure your macula is examined as thoroughly as possible please call us on 43297000 or book online.

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