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“Vision for the Future: Combating Age-Related Macular Degeneration in Australia”

Introduction to AMD in Australia

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) stands as a leading cause of vision impairment and blindness among Australians aged 50 and above. 

With a focus on raising awareness about Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), Best Practice Eyecare in Golden Beach, Sunshine Coast, is dedicated to enlightening the community about this prevalent condition.

It’s a reasonable time to spotlight the condition’s impact, emphasising the importance of early detection, prevention, and management. 

This initiative aims to empower Australians with in-depth knowledge and to mobilise resources and support for those affected. Understanding AMD’s nuances and the latest advancements in treatment can significantly alter its course, offering hope and improved quality of life for individuals diagnosed with this eye condition.

Understanding AMD and Its Nationwide Impact

AMD disrupts central vision, essential for detailed activities like reading, driving, and recognising faces. The Macular Disease Foundation Australia reports an alarming prevalence of AMD, affecting one in seven individuals over 50. 

This statistic underscores the urgent need for widespread awareness and action, particularly in educating the public about the disease’s early signs and risk factors during AMD Awareness Month.

Epidemiology and Statistics: 

An estimated 1.7 million Australians are impacted by some form of macular disease, with AMD being the most common. The ageing population suggests these numbers will rise, highlighting the need for robust public health strategies.

Dry vs. Wet AMD: 

Dry AMD, characterised by drusen deposits under the retina, accounts for 90% of cases but progresses more slowly than its counterpart, wet AMD, which is marked by rapid vision loss due to abnormal blood vessel growth.

Comprehensive Australian Resources and Support for AMD

Initiatives and programs at Best Practice Eyecare in Golden Beach, Sunshine Coast, offer a continuous platform to highlight valuable resources to support the diagnosis, treatment, and everyday management of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

AMD Learning Center: 

Hosted by leading eye health organisations, these centres offer extensive resources, including detailed descriptions of AMD, visual aids to understand the condition, and interactive tools to help patients and caregivers navigate diagnosis and treatment options.

GuideMe App: 

This innovative application asks users specific questions about their AMD diagnosis and personal circumstances, using the responses to generate a customised guide. It offers a roadmap of suggested actions, lifestyle adjustments, and resources tailored to individual needs.

Living Well with Low Vision: 

An online hub providing comprehensive guides on adapting to vision loss includes practical advice on nonvisual skills, managing daily activities, accessing community support, and enhancing the quality of life for those with low vision.

The Crucial Role of Awareness and Early Detection

The emphasis on the critical importance of early detection through regular comprehensive eye exams is a cornerstone of Best Practice Eyecare’s approach. Such screenings are pivotal in identifying Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) even before symptoms manifest, enabling timely intervention.

The Importance of Regular Eye Screenings: 

Eye health professionals recommend that Australians over 50 undergo regular eye exams every two years. 

Public Awareness Campaigns: 

Successful campaigns utilise various media platforms to educate the public on AMD risks and the importance of early detection. Testimonials from individuals affected by AMD can effectively convey the message. May is “Macular Month” 

Innovations in Treatment and Management

Treatment options for AMD have evolved, offering hope to those affected. Wet AMD, in particular, has seen significant advancements in treatments that can slow disease progression and, in some cases, recover lost vision.

Advancements in Medical Treatments: 

Anti-VEGF therapy, a breakthrough treatment for wet AMD, involves injections that help reduce abnormal blood vessel growth. Ongoing research continues to explore gene therapy and other novel treatments.

Lifestyle Adjustments for Risk Reduction: 

Dietary changes, including increased intake of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids and lots of green leafy vegetables, have been shown to reduce AMD risk potentially. Smoking cessation and UV eye protection are also crucial preventive measures.

Navigating the Challenges of Low Vision

Living with AMD and low vision presents unique challenges and opportunities for adaptation and resilience. 

Adaptive Technologies and Aids: 

Technology offers various ways to enhance independence and functionality, from magnifying glasses and specialised reading devices to voice-recognition software.


In line with our commitment to supporting those with visual impairments, including Age-Related Macular Degeneration, we highlight the invaluable resource of Reading Radio. Previously known as 4RPH, Reading Radio provides 24-hour broadcasting accessible on 1296AM, digital platforms, and live streaming. This service ensures that individuals facing visual challenges can stay informed and entertained anytime, reinforcing our vision for a future where comprehensive support and accessibility are readily available for all Australians navigating vision loss.

Community and Government Support Services: 

Services include transportation assistance, home modification programs, and vision rehabilitation services, all aimed at supporting individuals to live fully despite vision limitations.

The focus on eye health, especially Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), is a crucial reminder of the significance of maintaining and monitoring eye wellness throughout the year.

By fostering a greater understanding of the condition, promoting early detection and intervention, and highlighting available resources and treatments, we can collectively work towards minimising the impact of AMD on Australians’ lives. 

Let this serve as a call to action for individuals to schedule an eye exam with their optometrist, once seen you will advised to attend Best Practice Eyecare if there are concerns and for communities to support and share essential information about Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

Love your eyes. Get them checked.

Best Practice Eyecare Ophthalmologists

Based on the Sunshine Coast, we provide ophthalmologist, eye care and surgical services of the highest standard. We treat and manage a wide range of eye conditions including cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration and more.

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