May is Macula Month and the perfect time to learn if you’re at risk of macular disease.
Did you know that macular disease is the leading cause of legal blindness in Australia? The most common macular disease is age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD destroys central vision, making it difficult to recognise faces, read or drive a car.
One in seven people over the age of 50 have signs of this sight-threatening disease but may not know it. If you have diabetes, you’re also at risk of diabetic eye disease, which is the leading cause of vision loss in working-age Australians.
Are you at risk?
You can learn more about your specific risk factors by taking Macular Disease Foundation Australia’s online quiz:
In just one minute and five easy questions, you’ll learn if you have risk factors for AMD or diabetic eye disease.
There’s no cure for macular disease, but some people will benefit from effective sight-saving treatment. There are also proven diet and lifestyle changes you can make to support your eye health and reduce your risk of vision loss.
Bayside Optical has free resources on macular disease, so feel free to drop in and chat to us about how you can protect your eye health.
Blinded by the night? At Bayside Optical, we know that road safety starts with good vision, and that means seeing well at all distances, in all conditions – particularly at night.
While reduced visibility at night poses additional risk to all drivers, Australians with uncorrected vision are at an even greater risk due to an impaired ability to detect and respond to potential dangers.
Did you know?
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If you answered yes to any of those questions, it’s time to book in for an an eye test.
We can help you stay safe on the road by checking your vision and eye health as part of a comprehensive eye exam.
Sources: 1. November 2012, Vision Impact Institute – The Social and Economic impact of poor vision 2. Optometry Australia, The 2020 Vision Index, Empirica Research 3. 2017, Harris interactive Driving study for Essilor; 2014, Clark, J.W., NightTime Driving Evaluation of the effects of disability and discomfort glare from various headlamps under low and high light adaptation levels; 2009, ARVO, Zikos G.A. et al., Contrast Sensitivity and Reaction Times with Polarised and tinted lenses in a Driving Environment