Early detection saves sight
Macular Degeneration (MD) is the leading cause of blindness in this country with one in seven people over 50 years of age having some evidence of it and the incidence increases with age. Many people dismiss the early warning signs of MD, accepting vision loss as a normal part of the ageing process.
MD affects the central vision impacting on the ability to drive, read, watch television, undertake many hobbies and recognise faces. Loss of vision impacts on lifestyle and independent ageing, and is associated with the risks of falls and fracturing hips, developing depression, inability to access health services and earlier admission to nursing homes.
New Zealand is at the cusp of the most significant demographic change of the 21st century. By 2030, one in four people will be over 65. This group will also be living for longer than previous generations and 41 per cent of them do not know about this eye disease.
To halt a potential epidemic of blindness, people need to be proactive to save sight so that New Zealanders can live well in old age. Macular Degeneration NZ (MDNZ) is a charitable trust aiming to reduce the incidence and impact of MD in New Zealand, increase awareness and promote early detection to the 1.5 million at-risk New Zealanders.
This Saturday MDNZ will host a free seminar in Katikati where ophthalmologist Dr Andrew Thompson will dispel myths and misunderstandings about this chronic eye disease and provide information on the latest treatments and the management of macular degeneration.
Information packs will be available on the day.
Where: St Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Cnr Main Rd and Mulgan Street, Katikati at 10am11.30am. To register phone 0800 MACULA (622 852) or email [email protected]
Macular degeneration can cause loss of central vision meaning loss of ability to drive or recognise faces.