MACULAR DISEASE AFFECTS 1.29 MILLION AUSTRALIANS
The month of May marks the beginning of Macula Month and in support, OPSM Clifford Gardens is educating Toowoomba on the eye disease that can lead to loss of vision or blindness.
Macular disease is Australia’s leading cause of severe vision loss and blindness but many Australians still wrongly confuse symptoms of the disease with normal signs of ageing
Although the condition may not make itself apparent until later in life, preventative measures can be started early to ensure a better outcome.
OPSM Clifford Gardens Optometrist Alicia Lou says, “Macular disease is a chronic condition that can be diagnosed through regular eye tests that examine the retina. Advanced technology, available at OPSM Clifford Gardens, such as the Ultra Wide Digital Retinal Scan (UWDRS) can help detect the disease instore, during a routine eye test.
“Although the disease is most prevalent in those over 50, those with a parent or sibling with the disease, and if you have diabetes. If you're a smoker, the risk is 3-4 times higher,”Alicia Lou said.
Detecting any form of macular disease early is crucial as there are a substantial number of treatment options available to slow its progression.
Here at OPSM Clifford Gardens our top five tips for macular disease care and prevention are:
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