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March Meeting Wednesday March 4th
Corner College Road and Ernie Mays Street
Guest Speaker: Gaye Stratton
Topic: Macular Degeneration
Macular Degeneration (MD) is the leading cause of blindness in New Zealand and it is treatable. One in 7 people over 50 years of age have some evidence of MD and the incidence increases with age. Many people dismiss the early warning signs of MD, accepting vison loss as a normal part of the ageing process. Macular degeneration (MD) affects the central vision and could impact on your ability to drive, read, watch television, participate in your hobbies and recognize faces. Loss of vision can impact on your lifestyle and independence. You could have a higher risk of falls and fracturing hips; developing depression; inability to access health services and earlier admission to nursing homes. However if MD is caught in time, steps can be taken to prevent the onset of MD nd treatments are available. Gaye Stratton, Macular Degeneration New Zealand’s Community Liaison Educator, will dispel myths and isunderstandings about this chronic eye disease and will provide information on the latest treatments and the management of macular degeneration. Information packs will be available.
March Mini Talk
Experiences in Nepal