In support of Macular Degeneration Awareness Week Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO Governor of Western Australia had an eye test and macula check at Government House to highlight the importance of early detection of macular degeneration.
“I’m really pleased to be a Custodian for Vision for Macular Degeneration Awareness Week,” said the Governor. “I’m over 50, and as this is one of the major risk factors for macular degeneration, I know I need to have regular eye tests,” she said.
“To me personally, my sight is hugely important. I need my sight for driving, for working and for reading. I’m sure it’s important to everyone.”
Associate Professor Dimitri Yellachich conducted the eye test and macula check using an optical coherence tomography and digital retina camera, which allows macular degeneration to be identified in its earliest stages. He further informed the Governor of how important early detection and quick action is to saving sight.
On speaking about the tests Associate Professor Yellachich says, “The reason the tests are so important is that people can have problems with the macula and not know. They may not actually be experiencing vision loss, but they may have signs which we can pick up before they have problems.”
Of the testing process the Governor said “very easy, it was no trouble at all.”
Thank you to Her Excellency, Associate Professor Dimitri Yellachich and Optimed for supporting the Foundation and Macular Degeneration Awareness Week.