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Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

One in seven peo­ple will be af­fected by mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion

Smok­ers have three times the risk of de­vel­op­ing the disorder com­pared with non-smok­ers

Age-re­lated mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion is the most common cause of blind­ness

Peo­ple aged 50 years and over are most at risk but 47 per cent of that group has not heard of the dis­ease

Un­treated, most peo­ple with wet mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion will be­come func­tion­ally blind in two years

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