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UK awareness of macular disease ‘is not high enough’

19th April 2011

More must be done to educate those in the UK of the risks and symptoms of macular disease, according to an eye health charity.

Cathy Yelf, head of external relations at the Macular Disease Society, said it is "vital" that people understand the importance of going for regular eye tests, due to their importance as a means of evaluating general health.

The comments come after a survey published by the society in February 2011 revealed that 74 per cent of UK residents cannot name any symptoms of macular disease, despite more than half of those polled being familiar with the condition.

Moreover, it was shown that nearly half of respondents had not had their eyes tested in the last two years.

Ms Yelf said these trends were noted despite a widespread fear of vision loss and the mental health repercussions that can come with it, adding that eye tests must be treated as more than "just a check to see if you need glasses".

"Everyone should have their eyes tested at least every two years and more often if you have a family history of eye problems," she said.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800505545-ADNFCR

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