Macular Degeneration: What Is It?


Macular Degeneration is a common eye disorder and the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 50. Macular Degeneration (also known as AMD), is a slow progressive disorder that affects the central part of our vision, our macular. The macular is located at the back of the eye and is responsible for central, high definition colour vision. When damage occurs to the macular, our vision is greatly impaired with blurred spots or total darkness appearing in the centre of our vision. Macular Degeneration can impact our ability to read, recognise faces, drive a motorised vechicle and do up-close work.


As the damaging effects of Macular Degeneration happen very slowly, it often goes undetected by certain sufferers. That’s why it is very important to visit your local Optometrist for regular eye check-ups so that we may be able to detect AMD in the early stages and offer you immediate forms of treatment to delay any further vision loss.


Macular Degeneration can occur in almost anyone over the age of 50 as it is an age related disorder, however some people are at a higher risk than others. Risk factors include;

Smoking: Research has shown that smoking can double the risk of Macular Degeneration.

Family History and Genetics: It’s important to mention any family history of Macular Degeneration to your Optometrist and/or Specialist. Research has found more than 20 genes may be responsible for Macular Degeneration occuring later in life.

High Fat Diets: Diet has a lot to do with our overall eye health. High Chloesterol is one of the contributing factors that cause the onset of Macular Degeneration.


At Optical World we are committed to making sure that all our customers receive the ultimate eye care at no extra charge. All Eye Tests are BULK BILLED across both Optical World branches. Give us a call today to arrange an appointment for your FREE Eye Test.

Optical World are also in partnership with Macutec, a new innovative range of daily capsules that provide a macular defence against Macular Degeneration. Each gel capsule contains the all proven AREDS-2 ingredient which was found to reduce the risk of Macular Degeneration in a study conducted in 2001.


Visit or call us to find out more about our Macutec range from one of our friendly staff.

Optical World Elsternwick – 343 Glen Huntly Rd, Elsternwick VIC 3185

(03) 9532 8033


Optical World Ashburton – 214 High St, Ashburton VIC 3147

(03) 9885 6257




19 Sep, 2016



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