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Deloitte Access Economic Report

Most current and comprehensive report on Macular Degeneration released

Coinciding with the Foundation's research announcement is the launch of a Deloitte Access Economics Report commissioned by the Macular Disease Foundation Australia entitled Eyes on the future: A clear outlook on Age-related Macular Degeneration, which provides the most current, comprehensive compilation of Macular Degeneration statistics and latest research ever undertaken in Australia.

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Macular Degeneration Foundation CEO, Ms Julie Heraghty said, "This report on Macular Degeneration reinforces the need for greater investment in research. Macular Degeneration affects one in seven Australians over 50 in some way. It is responsible for 50% of all blindness; more than glaucoma and cataracts combined.

"The Macular Degeneration landscape has changed significantly over the past decade; primarily with dramatic improvement in treatment and new insights into the role of diet and genetic factors. These advances were only possible thanks to research.

"This report complements our significant initial research commitment of nearly three-quarters of a million dollars. We know research works and sooner or later we will find a cure through research," said Heraghty.

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