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Macular degeneration – are you at risk?

Imagine a world without vision. Macular degeneration is New Zealand’s leading cause of blindness, is often treatable and can be detected by a simple test.

Phillippa Pitcher from Macular Degeneration New Zealand (MDNZ), says: “One in seven New Zealanders over the age of 50 have some evidence of MD and one in four over the age of 80 have some vision loss.  There is also a 50% chance you will be affected by MD if a family member has the condition.”

“However, our new research shows there are still many Kiwis who are totally unaware of the condition and we need to educate them about the condition and the importance of early detection. Treatment has the potential to stabilise the vision of many patients.”