Keep an Eye out for Symptoms; More Awareness Needed of Macular Degeneration - a Leading Cause of Blindness and Vision Loss

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Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss in Australia.

One in seven Australians over 50 years is affected in some way.

One million Australians had some evidence of this disease in 2010.

1.7 million Australians will be affected in the absence of treatment and prevention efforts by 2030.

In 2010, this disease cost the Australian community about $5 billion.

Four times the prevalence of dementia and almost half the prevalence of diabetes.

There is a 50% chance of developing macular degeneration if a direct family member has the disease.

More information on macular degeneration can be found at:

THE Macular Degeneration Foundation is presenting a free information session on macular degeneration in Gympie on Tuesday.

The session, which runs from 2-3.30pm at the Pavilion, will provide attendees with detailed information including its symptoms, risk factors, treatment options, the importance of nutrition and lifestyle, the latest research and low-vision aids and technology. …