Macular Disease - Know your risks, as early detection can save sight.

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Macular disease is the leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss in Australia. In fact, an estimated 1.7 million Australians have some evidence of macular disease.

Early action saves sight. Find out about age-related macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease and other macular conditions. Macular disease can affect anyone, at any age.

The most common macular disease is age-related macular degeneration (AMD). In fact, it’s responsible for half of all cases of blindness and severe vision loss in Australia. Meanwhile, diabetic eye disease is the number one cause of preventable blindness in working-age Australians.

  • One in seven people over the age of 50 has signs of age-related macular degeneration.
  • If you have diabetes and you’re over 50, you have a one in three chance of having diabetic retinopathy.
  • If you have a family history of macular degeneration you have an increased risk of developing macular disease.

Knowing your risks, and having regular macular checks, is the only way to protect your vision.