Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of legal blindness and severe vision loss in Australia, mostly affecting people over the age of fifty.  The main 'risk factors' include a family history of macular degeneration and smoking.

The macular degeneration eye test is similar to our comprehensive eye test procedure, taking approximately 40 minutes.  A report may need to be forwarded to your doctor, or you will be given a referral to an ophthalmologist if treatment is required.

What happens during the test?

  • Your vision and focus will be measured, with glasses prescribed if you need them
  • Your eyes will be examined carefully to check for any signs of macula disease
  • Digital images of the front and back of your eyes will be recorded as a baseline reference for future comparison
  • An OCT retinal scan will be performed to enable detection and accurate diagnosis of changes inside the macula

There are many eye conditions involving the macula that are not called 'macular degeneration'.  Your optometrist will explain this if you are affected and ensure you receive the appropriate reviews or treatment.

Please note: A macular degeneration eye test requires the use of eyedrops to dilate the pupils, which may result in temporary blurry vision and light sensitivity.  We advise against driving immediately after these examinations and recomend the use of sunglasses and a hat for glare protection.

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