"My macular degeneration was discovered in late 2010 on my annual eye check up. I have type 2 diabetes and it is part of the treatment to have your eyes tested every 12 months, which is how I came around to being diagnosed.
"I have the wet form in both of my eyes. I was firstly diagnosed with macular degeneration in my right eye and have had a great many injections in that eye. I am doing well at the moment though. One of my eyes is worse than the other and needs an injection every six weeks, the other eye can sometimes last longer. So sometimes I have just the one eye done, and other times I have both eyes done at the same time.
"The injections have stopped the progression of my macular degeneration.
"I still seem to be retaining good sight. I am fine with reading and have reading glasses. I could squint and read but it’s not bad at 79! I am still driving and riding my vintage motorcycle regularly. Once you reach 75 you must have regular tests to re-apply for your driver’s licence. I have recently had these tests with both the doctor and optician where they had to submit a report to RTA; I passed with flying colors. The doctor is also a specialist and is the person who administers my injections.
"I have a brother who is four years younger than I am and he has been diagnosed with dry macular degeneration. I also have two other brothers who are aware of macular degeneration and the importance of having their eyes checked. We talk about it. I also talk about it with my son who is now 44. I was only showing him recently the magazine with the photos that the Foundation had taken of me with my motorcycle.
"One has to live with this disease, but it is the fear of injections that is challenging, though I know there are hundreds of people who are in the same boat. We live in hope that the method can be changed to the way the drug is administered. Yes my life has changed; however, once we overcome the method of treatment, I will be very happy.
"When offering advice for macular degeneration I would say that it is the lead up to developing the disease that is most important and that people should have their eyes tested on a very regular basis.
"I am a member of the Pittwater Motor Enthusiasts Association which is a group of around 250 people with an interest in motor vehicles. Recently I organised for someone from the Foundation to come and give a talk/lecture on macular degeneration in Mona Vale, which was very successful, it helps to spread the word.
"I still enjoy travelling and I am going on a 26 day cruise around the Mediterranean soon. I am happy to help raise awareness of macular degeneration if I can."