Win a free eye exam at Spec­savers

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Did you know one-in-seven New Zealan­ders over the age of 50 could be af­fected by mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion – the lead­ing cause of blind­ness across the coun­try?

This week is Mac­u­lar De­gen­er­a­tion Aware­ness Week and Ki­wis are be­ing en­cour­aged to get their eyes tested reg­u­larly – one of the best pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures against mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion and other se­ri­ous eye health con­di­tions.

We’ve got two Spec­savers eye exam vouch­ers to give away to our read­ers for Mac­u­lar De­gen­er­a­tion Aware­ness Week.

To en­ter sim­ply email your name, con­tact phone num­ber and ad­dress to edeb@snl.co.nz (please put ‘‘Eye exam’’ in the sub­ject line).

En­tries close on May 29. Mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion causes pro­gres­sive mac­ula dam­age re­sult­ing in loss of cen­tral vi­sion.

The mac­ula is the cen­tral part of the retina, the light-sen­si­tive tis­sue at the back of the eye.

‘‘Smok­ing is the biggest con­trol­lable risk as­so­ci­ated with mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion,’’ Spec­savers New Lynn op­tometrist Philip Walsh says.

‘‘Quit­ting smok­ing at any age can sig­nif­i­cantly help to re­duce your like­li­hood of eye health com­pli­ca­tions, yet nearly half of New Zealan­ders are un­aware that smok­ing af­fects eye health.’’

Mac­u­lar De­gen­er­a­tion Aware­ness Week is about en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to get their eyes tested.

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