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Risk Factors

Macular degeneration is primarily age related, affecting one in seven people over the age of 50, in Australia.

Family History
People with a family history of macular degeneration have a 50 percent chance of developing the disease.

Smokers and people that have smoked are three times more likely to develop macular degeneration.
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Smoking causes blindness. If you would like help with 'kicking the habit', call the National Quitline now on 131 848 or visit

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