May is Macula Month and the perfect time to learn if you're at risk of macula disease.
If you're over 50 you are at higher risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). If you have a direct family member (parent or sibling) who has been diagnosed with AMD, you have a 50% increased risk of diagnosis. Smokers are three to four times higher risk of AMD than non-smokers.
With regular eye examinations and by adopting the healthy habits below you can help minimise your risk of vision loss from macular disease, whether you have been diagnosed with the disease or not.
How many of these "healthy habits" can you tick off?
- I don't smoke
- I eat a healthy, well-balanced diet
- I eat dark green leafy vegetables and fresh fruit daily
- I eat fish two to three times a week
- I choose low glycaemic index (low GI) carbohydrates instead of high GI
- I eat a handful of nuts a week
- I limit the intake of fats and oils
- I keep a healthy lifestyle by maintaining a healthy weight and exercising regularly
- I have a regular comprehensive eye test and macula check
If you ticked all nine healthy habits - well done! If not, now is the time to make changes to reduce your risk or delay progression of macular disease.
You can do this by:
1. Booking in with us for a comprehensive eye test and macula check
2. Ordering a FREE information kit from Macular Disease Foundation Australia on 1800 111 709 or by visiting www.mdfoundation.com.au
Macula Menu e-cookbook
This downloadable cookbook is filled with a range of delicious and nutritious recipes that will support the health of your macula. Download your FREE Macula Menu e-cookbook at www.mdfoundation.com.au during Macula Month (1-31 May).