We picked this article as it is very important and holds true for all races and countries.Too many people do not know enough about this disease, Please read.
Wednesday, 28 May, 2014 –
Many New Zealanders – especially those over 50 – risk blindness simply because they don’t know about macular degeneration (MD), Hawke’s Bay District Health Board consultant ophthalmologist Muhammad Khalid says.
This week is Macular Degeneration Awareness Week, and Dr Khalid said it was important that the public took the opportunity to learn about MD, the leading cause of blindness in New Zealand.
“The sad thing is that many people just don’t know about it, or the fact that there is treatment for the ‘wet’ form of the disease which is changing people’s lives – prolonging their sight, maintaining their independence, lessening the risk of falls and therefore decreasing hospitalisations,” he said.
The macula is the central part of the retina, the light sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. The retina processes all visual images.
There are two types of macular degeneration, which can result in loss of central vision. The ‘Dry’ form results in a gradual loss of central vision and can’t be treated. The ‘Wet’ form is characterised by a sudden loss of vision and is caused by abnormal blood vessels growing into the retina. Immediate medical treatment is essential if symptoms occur…..Read More: http://www.voxy.co.nz/health/awareness-macular-degeneration-crucial/5/191704