Macula month is a new initiative by the Macular Disease Foundation of Australia to highlight awareness of debilitating conditions affecting the macula – one such example is age-related macular degeneration.
Vision Eye Institute retinal specialist Dr Aaron Yeung shares his top tips for protecting your macula in this interview with girl.com.au.
“Age is one of the greatest risk factors for AMD and our population is ageing,” Dr Yeung explains. “That’s a simple fact we can’t do much about. But, what we can do is make sure people are aware of this increasingly common condition and also understand that everyone is at risk.
“The biggest concern patients have is whether they will go blind. AMD only affects central vision and leaves peripheral vision intact, so AMD-related blindness is different to the image people typically associate with going blind – that is, complete blackness. Yet, it can still be severely debilitating and lead to legal blindness.”
On the plus side, there are three really simple measures to reduce your overall risk, says Dr Yeung.
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Dr Aaron Yeung is a retinal specialist whose expertise includes laser therapy and eye (intravitreal) injections to treat a number of retinal conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusion. His other interests include general eye health, glaucoma, uveitis and cataract surgery.
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