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Macular Degeneration

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Macular Degeneration

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Age related macular degeneration is a degenerative eye condition caused by changes at the back of the eye (retina). It is the leading cause of severe vision impairment in people aged over 40 years in Australia. It is also referred to as AMD or ARMD.

What are the common symptoms?

  • A gradual or sudden decline in the ability to see objects clearly
  • Difficulty reading - that is not improved with new glasses
  • Distorted vision in the central field and difficulty seeing people’s faces clearly
  • Dimming of colour vision
  • Visual hallucinations (see Charles Bonnet Syndrome)

Age Related Macular Degeneration Fact-sheet  

Vision Australia is a leading national provider of blindness and low vision services in Australia and has provided support to over 27,500 people nationally.

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Occupational therapists

Technology and training

Mobility specialists

Education and employment support

Emotional support and groups

Aids and equipment

Support for children with low vision or blindness from birth onwards

Specialised services

What is My Aged Care?

The Australian Government has recently made changes to the aged care system. This includes the introduction of My Aged Care which is an initiative that supports older people and their families in accessing aged care information and services.

It is for Australian residents who are

  • over the age of 65; OR
  • over the age of 50, if you identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

Through the My Aged Care initiative the Australian Government contributes to the cost of a range of aged care services in Australia. These services include:

  • Help in your own home such as domestic help, meals or nursing care, equipment or modifications to your home like rails or ramps and access to social activities.
  • Short-term help (or respite care) is available for older people and their carers.
  • Ongoing help for people living in aged care homes.
  • There are different types of aged care services to support you, whatever your needs.
  • Let us help you

As a registered provider, Vision Australia fully understands the new system and can:

  1. Answer all your questions about My Aged Care and how it works
  2. Show you how to get the most out of My Aged Care
  3. Help you through the assessment and registration process
  4. Provide you with specialised support services to meet your needs.

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Contact us early and get the support you need. For more information on Vision Australia’s services call our helpline on O2 9053 4581 or email You can also connect with our services here

What is the NDIS? 

The NDIS is the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The NDIS is here to help you achieve your goals and it is focused around enabling you to live your life. Vision Australia can provide support to you throughout every stage of the NDIS process.

How can Vision Australia help?


    Vision Australia can help you work through your requirements so you can know what’s available and get what you need to achieve your goals


    You can access whatever level of support you need throughout your NDIS planning process, with access to a Vision Australia staff member at any stage


    Vision Australia is a registered NDIS provider and the leading organisation for people who are blind or have low vision. They will be there for every step of the NDIS process.

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Contact us

Contact us early and get the support you need. For more information on Vision Australia’s services call our helpline on O2 9053 4581 or email You can also connect with our services here

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