30 May 2018
Reducing Your Risk of Macular Degeneration – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Wendy Hughes
Macula Month, observed throughout the month of May, raises awareness of all macular diseases, including age-related macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease. Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of legal blindness in Australia. It is responsible for 50% of all cases of blindness. We are all able to reduce the risk of losing sight from macular degeneration by adopting a healthy lifestyle and having regular eye tests and macula checks by an eye health professional.
Researchers state that you may be able to reduce your risk of macular degeneration, or slow its progression by:-
• Not smoking
• Exercising regularly
• Maintaining normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels
• Eating a healthy diet rich in green, leafy vegetables and fish
As we age, it’s important to keep fit and active. Physical fitness is essential for everyday tasks, such as getting in and out of chairs, carrying the shopping or lifting grandchildren. Regular exercise improves our balance, strength, mobility and reaction time. Physical activity also aids with management of chronic conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, depression and high blood pressure.
People with low vision and people who feel unsteady on their feet often have difficulties engaging in activities however. Consequently, muscles can get weaker and joints stiffen, decreasing our balance. If you have low vision and would like assistance with keeping active and healthy, Interchange Australia can offer an assessment by a qualified Occupational Therapist.
For more information about our support services or if you would like to arrange an assessment with our Occupational Therapist, please call us on 1300 112 334.