Dr Anthony Lynham

STATE MEMBER FOR STAFFORD

Macular Degeneration Awareness Week

Next week is Macular Degeneration Awareness Week and is a great time to book in for an eye test – especially for those over 50.

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in Australia – it’s estimated there are over 200,000 Queenslanders over 50 living with some type of macular degeneration.

Many people don’t realise have macular degeneration. There is normally little or no loss of vision in the early stages which is why regular eye checks are so important.

Smokers are three times more likely to have macular degeneration than non-smokers. But a balanced diet, regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight all contribute to preventing macular degeneration.