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Expert advice at Geelong macular degeneration event

14 June 2017
A leading Geelong eye specialist will speak at a Vision Australia information day aimed at supporting people whose vision has been reduced by macular degeneration.

Ophthalmologist Dr Ben Clark will address Vision Australia’s macular degeneration information day on Monday, 26 June and will spend time answering questions from the floor.

The term macular degeneration covers a range of eye conditions that affect the macula, which controls the central vision we use for everyday tasks such as reading and driving – any tasks that requires fine detail.

Geelong woman Judy Stephens, a Vision Australia volunteer and former staff member who herself has macular degeneration, has helped to convene the event.

She says Dr Clark’s discussion about eye care and eye conditions is an amazing opportunity for anyone who has questions about the condition, which is the largest cause of blindness and low vision among Australia adults.

“I think it’s very important that people are able to access accurate medical information that’s up to date and realistic. Dr Clark presents information in a way that’s very easy to understand. He speaks the way we speak without the complex language,” she says.

Vision Australia regional manager Laura Allison says the event will allow Geelong people to learn how to get the most out of My Aged Care, how Vision Australia supports people who are blind or have low vision to stay mobile and active and the changes ahead as part of Vision Australia Geelong’s facilities redevelopment.

“We will have members of our team at the information day to answer your questions and advise you on the services that Vision Australia offers in the Geelong region to ensure that you can continue to live the life you choose,” Ms Allison says.

The Macular Degeneration Day will be held at the Masonic Hall at 25 Regent Street, Belmont from 10.30am to 2.00pm on Monday, 26 June.

A light lunch will be provided.

Bookings are essential. To register, phone Vision Australia on 5249 2700 or email geelong.admin@visionaustralia.org.

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