Keep an eye on macular health

DUBBO optometrists are encouraging local seniors to get their eyes tested this week, as part of Macular Degeneration Awareness Week.
According to Macular Disease Foundation Australia, macular degeneration is primarily age related, affecting one in seven people over the age of 50, in Australia.
Which is why Baby Boomers, those born between 1946 and 1965, are at risk of macular degeneration, Australia’s leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss.
Optometrist Yvonne Gilmour, who works at Dubbo Specsavers, said eye tests often go to the bottom of people’s to-do list.
“People should get their eyes tested every two years. But if they have a family history of eye disease then it should be every year,” she said.
“If they see any changes, particular in distortion, such as straight lines looking wavy then it’s usually a macular issue.”
Ms Gilmour said people may reduce the risk of macular degeneration or slow down the progression of the disease by making positive diet and lifestyle changes.
Having adequate protection for your eyes and eating green, leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach can help…….
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Source: Daily Liberal
The Macular Degeneration Association feels that it is very important to have a  comprehensive dilated  eye exam at least yearly. More often if you have an eye disease to catch any changes early. Please follow your eye care professional recommendations.