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Seminar on Macular Degeneration

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  • Sat 26 Jan ’19, 10:00am – 11:30am


The Ashley Hotel, 74 Tasman St, Greymouth


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Ophthalmologist, Dr James Borthwick will share the latest information on treatments and the management of the eye disease, Macular Degeneration at this free Awareness & Education Seminar. Information packs will be available on the day and we hope to have a display of low vision aids.

To register to attend this Seminar phone 0800 MACULA (622 852) or email - info@mdnz.org.nz

Macular Degeneration (MD) is a chronic eye disease that is currently the leading cause of blindness in New Zealand. One in 7 people over 50 years of age have some evidence of it and the incidence increases with age with 1 in 4 people aged 80+ experiencing vision loss which affects their quality of life.

Alarmingly it is estimated that the number of people with MD will increase by 70% by 2030. Interestingly MD is three times more prevalent than Dementia and about half as prevalent as Diabetes.

Macular degeneration (MD) affects the central vision and this impacts on a person’s ability to drive, read, watch television, undertake hobbies requiring fine work, access websites and even recognise faces. Loss of vision impacts on lifestyle and independent ageing and is associated with the risks of: falls and fracturing hips; developing and increases in depression; inability to access health services and earlier admission to nursing homes. Consequently, people with macular degeneration experience significant emotional harm while the country incurs incalculable financial costs.

Bring your friends and family to this free education seminar.

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