Macular Degeneration Awareness Week is an annual campaign initiated by Macular Disease Foundation Australia to raise awareness of the risk factors and symptoms of macular degeneration and to encourage all people in Australia at risk of the disease to have an eye test and macula check.
The Foundation's Patron, Ita Buttrose, works closely with the Foundation during this time to communicate key eye health messages to the community.
Additionally, the Foundation works closely with optometrists and ophthalmologists to increase awareness of the disease by distributing the Foundation's education resources to people at risk of macular degeneration.
As a result of Macular Degeneration Awareness Week, awareness levels of macular degeneration in Australia continue to rise. Indeed Australia is now a world leader in awareness of macular degeneration with 92% of Australians over the age of 50 aware that macular degeneration affects the eyes. However there is still more to be done to encourage those at risk to have a regular eye test.
The Foundation is committed to reducing the incidence and impact of macular degeneration in Australia via Macular Degeneration Awareness Week and ongoing educational activities.
To get involved in 2017 Macular Degeneration Awareness Week (21-27 May), click here