Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Macular Degeneration Awareness Week

Hi everyone,

I thought that an important topic for today was the rise of Macular Degeneration Awareness Week, which runs from the 24th until the 30th of May.

It is important that you act immediately if you experience vision loss, as Macular Degeneration is a condition that affects your central vision and is actually the leading cause of blindness in Australia (people over the age of 50 are more at risk). Symptoms should not be dismissed as just another thing that comes with getting older. Look out for the following symptoms:
  • Difficulty in reading or doing any other activity which requires fine vision;
  • Distortion where straight lines appear wavy or bent;
  • Distinguishing faces becomes a problem; and
  • Dark patches or empty spaces appearing in the centre of your vision.
I thought that this little message was important in recognising the theme of the week. So if your unsure perhaps visit your Optometrist as soon as you can.

It can't hurt right?!

As this post seemed particularly serious, as this topic should be, I thought I would lighten your reading experience with quite a nice quote from the amazing Martin Luther King, Jr:

"Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart."

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