Eyes right for MD checkup

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Opthamol­o­gists around New Zealand are en­cour­ag­ing Ki­wis over 50 years old to have their eyes checked for mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion.

MD is a chronic eye dis­ease that af­fects the cen­tral vi­sion.

One in seven New Zealan­ders over the age of 50 will get it and the oc­cur­rence of MD in New Zealand is in­creas­ing; by 2030 it is ex­pec- ted to in­crease by 70 per cent.

‘‘Those at high risk of de­vel­op­ing mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion in­clude peo­ple over the age of 50, smok­ers and peo­ple with a fam­ily his­tory of mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion.

‘‘Early de­tec­tion and a healthy diet and life­style can slow down the dis­ease’s pro­gres­sion, mas­sively,’’ oph­thal­mol­o­gist and chair­woman of MDNZ Dr Dianne Sharp says.

Oc­to­ber 10 is World Sight Day where op­tometrists will be rais­ing aware­ness and ask­ing for do­na­tions to sup­port the work of Mac­u­lar De­gen­er­a­tion NZ.

‘‘Mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion af­fects so many peo­ple in New Zealand and we’ve made it our mis­sion to raise aware­ness of the dis­ease.’’

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