Women receiving an eye test from optometrist.

Macular Degeneration WeekDeteriorating sight is often dismissed as a sign of old age, but how do you know when your eyesight is at serious risk?

Macular Degeneration affects at least one in seven Australians over 50 and causes severe and irreversible vision loss. Early detection is key, so it is important to be aware of the symptoms to be able to recognise them quickly.

This Macular Degeneration Awareness Week (21-27 May), take the time to reflect your eyesight and whether you are suffering from any of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty reading, driving, distinguishing faces, or any other activity requiring fine vision
  • Distortion where straight lines appear wavy or bent
  • Dark patches or empty spaces appearing in the centre of your vision

To help retain your macular health and vision you can ensure you maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine, wear sunglasses when required and have regular eye checks.

If you have concerns about your vision, you can also attend one of our free Vision Assessment Clinics held regularly around the state.

Click here to view our calendar and find out when we’ll be holding our next clinic near you.

If you or someone you know is experiencing problems with vision loss, click here to contact us or call today on 1800 810 122.

Guide Dogs Queensland is a registered NDIS provider. Contact us today to speak to us about how we can tailor a program for you. 

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