Local Ophthalmologist, Dr Graham Wilson, will share the latest information on treatments and management of Macular Degeneration and we hope to have a display of visual aids and informations packs available on the day.
To register call 0800 622 852 or email email@example.com
Macular Degeneration is a chronic eye disease that is the leading cause of blindness accounting for 48% of blindness in NZ. One in 7 people over 50 have some evidence of it and the incidence increases with age with one in 4 over 80 suffering from vision loss. It is estimated the number of people with MD will increase by 70% by 2030. MD is 3 times more prevalent than Dementia and half as prevalent as Diabetes.
The impact of MD on quality of life as compared to cancer or coronary heart disease is as follows:
- 2 x the risk of falls
- 2 x the rate of social dependence
- 3 x the risk of depression
- 3 years earlier admission to a nursing home
- 4 to 8 x greater risk of hip fracture
- reduced employment.
Macular Degeneration New Zealand (MDNZ) is a Charitable Trust with the vision to reduce the incidence and impact of MD in NZ. This is delivered to the NZ community by increasing awareness, delivering information and education, providing support and advice plus keeping up with the latest research and representing the MD community. MDNZ does not receive any government funding.
Many people dismiss the early warning signs of MD as a normal part of the ageing process, simply because they don’t know what to look for. Recent NZ research* identifies that among the at risk population, aged 50 and over, 67% have heard of MD but only 48% understand that it is an eye disorder. Unfortunately we are lagging far behind our Australian cousins where, by 2012, in the same age group, 92% had heard of MD and 88% understood that MD is an eye disorder.
These FREE seminars bring knowledge and understanding to the communities of NZ.
*Galaxy Research Report prepared for Macular Degeneration NZ, March 2014
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