Check your macular and WIN 2 pairs of glasses from Specsavers

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As a teen I lived with my grandparents. Our large side-by-side fridge and freezer were covered in magnets – colourful ones, quotes, funny sayings. We had it all. In amongst the chaos was a smallish laminated print out, covered in grid lines with a black dot in the middle.

Normal amsler grid

An Amsler grid – used by sufferers of MD to check their vision daily for significant changes

That little grid made me nervous. It was a daily reminder of my Nan’s Macular Degeneration. The thought of her losing her eyesight made me anxious and upset. Once I discovered that family history was a risk factor in developing MD, I could sometimes be found holding a hand up over one eye while checking if those grid lines became wavy for me and led me to worry about the possible loss of my own eye sight.

Macular Degeneration is Australia’s leading cause of severe vision loss and blindness and is relatively simple to detect using Digital Retinal Photography.

Unfortunately, new research* from Specsavers in the lead up to Macular Degeneration Awareness Week (24-30 May), has shown that Australians prioritise tests for blood pressure, sun spots,cholesterol and dental problems ahead of optical tests.

I can admit to being one of those people. Even knowing that my Nan’s MD gives me a 50% increased likelihood of contracting it. Not having that daily reminder meant I was able to easily start putting eye tests off because I was so busy. To be honest, I’m not sure when I last had one – definitely not since having children (almost 8 years ago now). My children have all had tests and I just keep putting it off, but having become aware of Macular Degeneration week has given me the push to do what I should have been doing on a yearly basis.


I’ve made sure my kids have eye tests, time to do the same for myself

Next Friday, on my 32nd birthday I will be popping into Batemans Bay Specsavers for a standard eye test which includes free Digital Retinal Photography. While I feel my eye sight is still okay I will admit to being nervous about having the macular exam and what it might show.

There is no cure for Macular Degeneration, however, there are a number of treatment options that can potentially slow down the progress of the disease.

Specsavers is working with leading nutritionist, Susie Burrell, to raise awareness of MD and the part a healthy diet can play in promoting good eye health.

Susie says; “There are a number of simple steps that people can take to ensure they reduce the risk of developing MD; including small dietary changes like eating more leafy greens, brightly coloured fruits, oily fish and nuts and seeds which can have a big impact on the health of your eyes.”

She has created the ‘Bliss Balls for your Eye Balls’ recipe which is full of ingredients which are key in the battle against MD such as Vitamin A and Vitamin E, along with a host of antioxidants that are proven to be good for the eyes.

 Specsavers Bliss Balls for your Eye Balls by Susie Burrell

 Bliss Balls for your Eye Balls recipe:
Makes 12

● 175g mixed nut/seed spread
● Approx 10 dates
● 1/2 cup dried blueberries
● 1/2 cup dried cranberries
● 1/3 cup pepitas
● 2 tbsp honey
● 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
● Coconut for rolling

1. Place all ingredients (excluding coconut) in a food processor and blend to combine.
2. Using a tablespoon, roll into balls.
3. Roll in coconut then place in the fridge for up to an hour to firm up.

I’ve never tried pepitas but I will be finding out and whipping some of these babies up!

To encourage you guys to go and get your eyes and, importantly, your macular checked Specsavers has offered one lucky reader a Specsavers voucher which entitles you to two complementary pairs of designer glasses!

To be in the running, all you have to do is leave me a comment telling me what you wish you could see.

Entries close midnight 4th June 2015 (AEST, ie Sydney time). Winner will be drawn by Becky and James and notified via email, so please be sure to leave your contact details when commenting. Prizes will be sent out directly from the brand/PR compan. Please note, entry is only open to Australian residents.

If the prizes are not claimed within 7 days the giveaway will be redrawn.


*The study was conducted by Galaxy Research in September 2014 among a nationally representative sample of
1,008 Australians aged 18-64. The research was commissioned by Specsavers



Voucher terms and conditions –
This prize includes two complete pairs of prescription glasses from any range in store. This includes glasses frames and lenses as required by the customer. The second pair of glasses can be redeemed as prescription sunglasses with standard tint only. Any extra options, e.g. Polaroid, Transitions, etc., will be at the cost of the customer. This prize can only be redeemed by one person. This voucher is redeemable at any Specsavers store in Australia and New Zealand. If the full prize is not redeemed, the difference in value cannot be made up in cash, gift vouchers or credits.



  1. I would love to see all the things my kids point out to me when playing without having to ask them to come closer to me or having to move closer to them, or having to pretend I can see it when I can’t :-(.

    Otherwise I would love to see to see snow this year as I haven’t seen snow in 16 years.

  2. The bliss balls look delicious! Great info about macular degeneration too.

  3. I wish I could truly see what my children will see in the future 🙂

  4. I wish I could have been able to read the Vitamin bottle label. I would have then realised it contained traces of shellfish (which I am allergic to) and my lips and eyelids wouldn’t have swollen. Not a good look! 🙂

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  5. I wish I could see all the dirt and crap in the house before my little one does because she would just put it into her mouth!

  6. I wish I could see recipes from books or ones that I print out. My vision has deteriorated since I turned 45 last October and I now need to ask my children to read recipes out to me.

  7. I would love to see through the eyes of my three children. The innocence and excitement that they see the world in! It’s amazing.

  8. I wish I could see into the future and witness a world of health, love and peace. A place where we all care for the environment, ourselves and each other. A vision I really hope comes true.

  9. I wish I could have watched my little devil grow up, instead of everyone telling me I have a little angel

  10. I wish I could see the brilliant night sky every day with all the stars in the galaxy.

  11. I wish I could see my grandparents when they were young and falling in love for the first time. My grandmother also has MD, and even though she’s amazing and spritely, I’d love to be able to see her as a young, dynamic woman.

  12. Working in education, I’d love to see that face of children when they get something, love it, and can use it to build on and feel confident in the world!

  13. I wish I could see in the dark.
    I once went to work wearing a different style of shoes on each foot.

    I worked an early morning shift and couldn’t turn on the light while getting dressed because my husband was still asleep. One morning at work my shoes felt strange. I was wearing mismatched shoes.

  14. I’d like to see a bright future for my children 🙂

  15. I would love to see my children play with their cousins who moved to the country a few years ago. Before that they lived 2 minutes away and they saw each other all the time…and now it’s a few times a year and they miss each other dearly!

  16. The writing as I fill in this web form. This light grey really is a poor choice, black would have been better and easier to read 🙂

  17. The miniscule writing on the back of some shampoo/conditioner bottles etc. Especially when the text is in a colour that blends in with the bottle colour, or is printed in metallic gold and when it’s so small is a right royal pain in the arse to try and read. Especially when in the shower.

  18. More of the ridiculously hot guy over the fence who walks around topless ALL the time, even now in winter. To see him nude up would be delightful to say the least!!!!!!!

  19. Wish I can spot where Wally is especially in the pictures where they all look the same

  20. Ants. It sounds weird, but short-sighted people would know the difference fresh lenses make. I still get overjoyed seeing small details, such as ants, when I get an updated prescription. I forget how blind I really am!

  21. I wish I could see my abs.

    Alas, I don’t think even Specsavers glasses can help 🙁

  22. Wish I could see those rogue MOSQUITOES that buzz around my ears in my bedroom at night… They’d meet a couple of fast hands if I could!!!

  23. I wish I could read the amount of sugar in all the food, the font size is sooo small

  24. Small print in books, magazines and newsletters as it seems everything is printed smaller these days taking away the enjoyment of reading.

  25. I love seeing happiness.

  26. I wish I could see the point of view my pet cockatiel who had major eye surgery, and is blind in one eye, has! Sometimes we accidently spook him by walking up too fast, and I wish I could tell how well he still sees, so that stops happening!
    In the words of the avian vet, he’s the toughest bird in the west!

  27. I’d love to see cloudy become clear and dull become bright and have perfect vision, even at night.

  28. Bilberry is amazing for eyes and actually can heal them back to full health according to some.

  29. Love to see a smile on me, as im wearing some glasses pinned to my ears.

  30. I wish I could see into the future; so I might be able to prevent some health issues in the future.

  31. My Dad’s smiling eyes just one more time, I miss him so much

  32. I wish I could see at least one good positive thing in everybody & every situation in everyday – it would make life so worth living – AND Seeing!!

  33. The left hand side of my driveway, the carport gate keeps jumping out at me!

  34. I wish I could see using future technology – I’m excited by the thought of seeing virtual realities and through bionic lenses. Imagine having vision 3x better than 20/20! (although I’ll definitely settle for 20/20 vision with new glasses… for now)

  35. My brother in law needs his first pair of specs, he can hardly see anything up close, and I feel really sorry for him because he’s got work he needs to do online, but he can’t read invoices or customer requests

  36. I wish I could see the words in my books, makes me sad that I now need a tool to be able to enjoy my favourite pastime! But at least I can see with assistance, better than not at all!

  37. I would actually love for both my mother and brother to be able to see better again! From the simple pleasures of reading better and seeing the tv clearer, I would love for them to experience good vision once again with this amazing prize.

  38. As a child, I remember my mum always asking me to help her thread a needle with cotton and now I know why, as I would love to be able to do this myself now. But hey, history repeats itself and my daughter is now helping me. It’s not all that bad after all, and brings back great memories. 🙂

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