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State Governors Become Custodians of Vision

State Governors across the country joined Macular Disease Foundation Australia to encourage people at risk of macular degeneration to see their optometrist or ophthalmologist for an eye test and macula check.

The occasion was Macular Degeneration Awareness Week 2015 (24–30 May), the Foundation’s annual awareness campaign which highlights the importance of early detection of macular degeneration.

State Governors agreed to be Custodians of Vision by having their eyes tested and macula checked as part of the week long campaign. His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor of New South Wales and Mrs. Linda Hurley had their eyes tested and macula checked at Government House by Associate Professor Alex P. Hunyor.

His Excellency said he had good reason to be a Custodian of Vision. “I am fortunate to have had good eyesight my entire life. This has helped me to fulfil the responsibilities of my previous military career, as well as the everyday activities we all undertake,” said the Governor of New South Wales.

In Tasmania, Associate Professor Nitin Verma welcomed Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AM, Governor of Tasmania, and her husband Mr. Richard Warner to his Hobart Eye Surgeons practice. Speaking of her role in generating awareness of macular degeneration, the Governor said, “I’m delighted to be Custodian of Vision for Tasmanians for Macular Degeneration Awareness Week. It’s important to have testing because so often early intervention really matters, and can have very positive outcomes.”

Ms. Heraghty said the support of Australia’s State Governors had contributed enormously to the success of Macular Degeneration Awareness Week. “We are honoured the State Governors agreed to be Custodians of Vision for Macular Degeneration Awareness Week 2015. Their support in having an eye test and macula check has greatly assisted the Macular Disease Foundation Australia in raising awareness across the country,” she said.