On Saturday 29th August Macular Degeneration NZ will host a free Awareness & Education seminar in Tauranga on the age-related eye disease, macular degeneration. Local Ophthalmologist, Dr Andrew Thompson, will share the latest information on treatments, research and the management of this chronic disease which is the leading cause of blindness in New Zealand, affecting 1 in 7 people over the age of 50. Information packs will be available on the day.
To register your attendance please call 0800 MACULA (622 852),email email@example.com. or online at www.mdnz.org.nz/public-seminar-sign-up.
Macular degeneration (MD) affects the central vision impacting on the ability to drive, read, watch television, undertake many hobbies and recognise faces. Loss of vision impacts on lifestyle and independent ageing associated with the risks of: falls and fracturing hips; developing depression; inability to access health services and earlier admission to nursing homes.
Today we are at the cusp of the most significant demographic change of the 21st century. By 2030, 1 in 4 people will be over 65 years of age. This group will also be living for longer than previous generations and 41% of them do not know about this eye disease. It is vital to increase awareness of MD in the community to help save sight
To halt a potential epidemic of blindness, we need to be proactive to save sight so that New Zealanders can live well in old age. Macular Degeneration NZ (MDNZ) is a Charitable Trust with the vision to reduce the incidence and impact of MD in New Zealand, increase awareness and promote early detection to the 1.5 million ‘at risk’ New Zealanders.
Bring your friends and family to this free educational seminar.