Macula Month 2018 (1-31 May)
May is Macula Month! This means that it’s time to check in on your eye health and make sure that you know how to spot the symptoms of macular disease.
The macula is the central part of the retina that processes all visual images. It is responsible for your ability to read, drive, recognise faces and see colours clearly. Macular degeneration causes progressive damage to the macula resulting in loss of the central vision.
Macular disease is the leading cause of blindness and vision loss in Australia with almost 1.29 million Australians having some evidence of Macular degeneration. Despite its high prevalence many Australian’s know little about the signs of macular disease and how to prevent it.
The most common types of macular disease are age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Awareness around macular degeneration has grown over recent years however little there is less awareness of diabetic eye disease. 64% of people with diabetes are unaware that the eyes can be effected by diabetes. Macular Disease Foundation Australia is working to change the behaviour of those at risk of diabetic eye disease to save vision.
You can help save vision this May by being aware of the symptoms of eye disease and by downloading the free macular menu e-book and trying out some delicious meals that can optimise macula health and reduce the risk of macular disease.
Early detection is crucial to save sight. So if you do experience any of the symptoms of macular disease contact your eye professional immediately.
Common symptoms include:
· Difficulty with reading or any other activity that requires fine vision
· Distortion, where straight lines appear wavy or bent
· Trouble distinguishing facts
· Dark patches or empty spaces appearing in the centre of your vision
Nutrition plays an important role in optimising macular health and reducing the risk of macular disease.
You can download a free Macula Menu e-book provided by the Macular Disease Foundation here: https://www.mdfoundation.com.au/content/macula-menu-MM18
In addition to eating a healthy, well balanced diet adopting the following into your diet can help reduce the risk of vision loss:
· Eat dark green leafy vegetables daily
· Eat fruit daily
· Eat fish 2-3 times a week
· Eat a handful of nuts a week
· Limit your intake of fats and oils
Information provided by the Macular Disease Foundation Australia.