Laubman & Pank calls for regular eye testing with Macular Degeneration Awareness Week

22-May-2015 9:08 AM

24th May, 2015: Local optical store, Laubman & Pank is urging local residents over the age of 50 to visit their optometrists regularly to ensure early detection of eye diseases such as Macular Degeneration. The call comes ahead of national Macular Degeneration Awareness Week, from Sunday, May 24th to Saturday, May 30th.

Macular Degeneration is the name given to a group of degenerative diseases of the retina, which is the part of the eye that processes all visual images. Macular Degeneration causes progressive, painless loss of central vision which affects the ability to see fine detail, drive, read and recognise faces.
 
In Australia, Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of legal blindness and severe vision loss.  Macular Degeneration affects more than 1.15 million Australian’s over the age of 50[1].
 
Laubman & Pank National Eyecare Manager, Mario Basso said regular eye tests are essential in detecting Macular Degeneration early. “The early detection of any form of Macular Degeneration can help with slowing the progression of Macular Degeneration and maintaining vision” said Basso.
 
Laubman & Pank have advanced scanning technology which aids in the detection and monitoring of Macular Degeneration, including the Ultra Wide DRS and OCT, available in selected stores.
 
“As Macular Degeneration is more prevalent in those over 50, some people confuse symptoms of the disease as a normal sign of ageing. That is why Laubman & Pank recommends an immediate eye test if you have any symptoms of Macular Degeneration” he added.
 
Symptoms of macular degeneration include:
  • Difficulty with reading or any other activity that requires fine vision.
  • Distortion, where straight lines appear wavy or bent.
  • Dark patches or empty spaces appear in the centre of your vision.
  • Distinguishing faces becomes a problem.
 
 “Whilst all Australians should be aware of Macular Degeneration, there are some groups that are at increased risk of developing the disease including smokers and those with a family history of the disease,” concluded Basso.
 
To order a FREE Amsler grid, that is used to test for and monitor symptoms of Macular Degeneration, please call the Macular Disease Foundation Australia on 1800 111 709 or visit www.mdfoundation.com.au
 
[1] Eyes on the future – ‘A clear outlook on age-related macular degeneration’. Report by Deloitte Access Economics & Macular Degeneration Foundation, 2011. 2014 projections are a linear projection between 2010 and 2015 estimates