Patient Information Sheet
About Low Vision Services and Referral
What is MDFA?
Macular Disease Foundation Australia (MDFA) is the national peak body for the macular disease community in Australia.
MDFA is committed to reducing the incidence and impact of macular disease, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of legal blindness in Australia.
MDFA provides up-to-date information, guidance and support for all macular diseases including AMD, diabetic eye disease, retinal vein occlusion and macular dystrophies.
MDFA represents the macular disease community by:
• Increasing awareness of macular disease
• Providing accurate, specific, current and ongoing information
• Providing and facilitating access to relevant support services
• Supporting and pursuing research.
What services does MDFA provide?
MDFA can assist people living with macular disease, their families and carers with:
• Disease information
• Diet and lifestyle advice tailored to where the patient is in their disease journey
• Advice on accessing low vision services
• Help navigating government supports and subsidies
• Assistance in connecting people with support services in their local communities
• Information and assistance in locating local transport options
• Free education sessions to community groups and online
– to register, visit www.mdfoundation.com.au/education-sessions
MDFA offers a range of peer support
MDFA offers a range of peer support programs, including over the phone, digital and face-to-face peer support groups. Call MDFA’s National Helpline on 1800 111 709 for more info.
How to live with low vision
1) Tips for Coping with Low Vision
2) Living with Low Vision
3) Living with Vision Loss
4) A Self-Help Guide to Nonvisual Skills
5) Roadmap to Living with Vision Loss
6) Vision loss – safety around the home
7) At a glance: Low Vision