Eyes right for MD checkup
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.’’