4 Facts you need to know about your eyes as you age

eye health

4. Getting an eye exam can save your eyesight.

Good news – early detection can help save sight.

You might think that’s common sense, but a recent survey found that although AMD awareness is high in Australians over 50, one in three haven’t had their macula checked in the previous two years.

Moreover, of the 133,000 Australians estimated to have wet AMD, more than 60 per cent are going without treatment, putting them at serious risk of losing their vision.

This is why Novartis has launched the See What’s Next Campaign, raising awareness of AMD, and encouraging people to get an eye check at their optometrist or talk to their GP.

The campaign’s website can help you quickly and easily find a local optometrist for a check-up for you, your parent, grandparent, uncle or aunt.

Even if you’re not near the age of when AMD becomes a greater risk, you may know someone who is. It’s important to know that talking to your loved ones about eye health, and ensuring they get the professional attention they need, can make all the difference to someone’s sight.

Here’s to a healthier life with healthier vision for all of us.

Macular Disease Foundation Australia (MDFA) and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd are working together on the common goal to raise awareness of age-related macular degeneration in the community. See What’s Next is an awareness campaign developed by Novartis. By supporting this campaign MDFA is not endorsing any specific treatment or therapy.

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