This week we focus on Macular Degeneration Week, an annual event to raise awareness of the disease. One in seven Australians over 50 has some evidence of macular degeneration with the likelihood increasing with age.
Thelma Dowell lost her vision while on a ski trip 17 years ago. She speaks with Stella about the early days of living with vision loss and the period of adjustment and acceptance that followed.
We speak with orthoptist Andy Tao about what macular degeneration is, its intricacies, how it might present itself and the best possible outcomes for someone after diagnosis.
Also on the program, an extended reader recommended with Frances Keyland.