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Macular Degeneration could turn a life upside down

Macular Degeneration could turn a life upside down. For some people who are diagnosed with the condition it can mean that they have to stop doing what they love and look for alternate interests.

Elderly man looking through magnifier

Trevor who is in now in his late 70’s, is fit and takes care of his general health. He was diagnosed with MD – about 20 years ago. When he noticed definite changes to his vision that could no longer be corrected by glasses he decided to retire from his full-time employment, much earlier than anticipated.

Trevor first noticed signs of his vision changing when he could no longer read bus numbers. He commented “it’s so important to have your eyes checked as soon as you notice changes. With continual advancements in technology, optometrists can do a range of tests to check for early signs of eye diseases. If wet macular degeneration is left untreated it can cause significant vision loss that you can never regain.”

In 2012 Trevor was diagnosed with dry macular degeneration in both eyes with a macula hole in his left eye and cataracts in both eyes. This means his right eye has distortions and blanks and is very blurry, making reading impossible.

Trevor is incredibly thankful to the low vision specialists at Guide Dogs NSW/ACT. The specialists at the Chatswood Low Vision Clinic assess client vision needs, recommend low vision aids like magnifiers and lighting and provide training in their use. Trevor found the Low Vision Clinic extremely beneficial and strongly recommends it to anyone who is having difficulty reading, watching TV, recognising faces, reading signs and going shopping.

After an assessment at the Low Vision Clinic, Trevor now has a magnifier with a built in light and adjusts the lighting to make it more conducive to reading. With MD, having strong lighting coming from behind the person directed onto the body of text makes all the difference.