Sunday July 01, 2007

What is Macular Degeneration?

Ruth Mercer

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of severe vision impairment in older Australians.

It occurs when central vision deteriorates, making reading, close work and recognising faces more difficult.

Macular Degeneration Awareness Week runs from 25 June - 1 July 2007 and aims to promote awareness.

Raising awareness of Deafblindness


Our eyes and ears take in an incredible amount of information from the world around us. Can you imagine no longer being able to use these senses? This is a reality for many Australians who are affected by the dual disability of deafblindness.

Steve Ripley, 47, from Claremont Meadows, grew up with severe-profound deafness and uses sign language and speech to communicate. When he turned 30 his vision began to deteriorate as well...

Supporting young Australians is the first step...


Andrew is only five, yet he's had an incredible journey. At four months he was diagnosed with retinal dysplasia, which means his retinas didn't form properly. Although his eyes have been operated on, it is unlikely that he will ever see.

Vision Australia has been working with Andrew and his family to help him to live his life to the full. And we'll continue to support him as he moves through school and beyond, but we need your help.

Latest News

Diabetic eye disease a growing concern

29 June 2007
People with diabetes are 25 times more likely to have low vision or be diagnosed as blind than those without the condition.

Vision Australia Radio goes to Wimbledon

29 June 2007
You can hear continuous coverage of Wimbledon on Vision Australia Radio.

Fundraise for Vision Australia in the City2Surf

28 June 2007
Enjoy a long walk? Want to support a fantastic cause? Then join in the City2Surf and help raise funds for Vision Australia.

Local shares his knowledge

28 June 2007
Speaking to Ted Thorburn it's hard to believe he has ever been anything but positive.

Are you interested in furniture making?

28 June 2007
Vision Australia College offers a range of industrial training courses designed to benefit people who are blind or have low vision.

Top PR firm teams with Vision Australia

27 June 2007
Ogilvy PR recently gave their time to assist Vision Australia in designing campaign strategies.

Do you know someone who deserves a medal?

27 June 2007
The prideofaustraliaâ„¢ medal honours everyday Australians who do extraordinary things in our communities.

Read more latest news

In Focus

Vision Australia Radio Annual Appeal 2007

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Vision Australia Radio makes a difference. Your donation makes a difference too!

Our Stories!

Read exciting profiles on just some of our many clients, staff, volunteers and donors.

Winter Appeal 2007

Photo of Andrew playing outside.

By giving to Vision Australia you make a contribution that lasts a lifetime. Your gifts do matter.

Feelix comes to life for our latest ad campaign


Our latest creative campaign is based on intrigue...

Making a Difference Awards!

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The 2007 awards for outstanding support have been announced!

Equipment Solutions Catalogue

Now anyone can browse our extensive product range online!