Macular Disease Foundation Australia was established in 2001 as the Macular Degeneration Foundation.
Despite being the leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss in Australia, in 2001 there was little awareness of macular degeneration, risk factors and prevention.
The Foundation changed its name to Macular Disease Foundation Australia in January 2012, to reflect the need for support and services to be available across all macular diseases, including diabetic eye disease.
In 15 short years, the Foundation has grown rapidly to become a world leader in raising awareness of macular degeneration. The Foundation provides education programs for the community and Health Care Professionals, has funded $2.8m (to date) for renowned Australian researchers and provides front-line services for information guidance and support for those at risk of or living with macular disease.
The Foundation is the voice of the macular disease community and advocates strongly for access and affordability of treatment and rehabilitation, having achieved significant outcomes through its representation.