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Sight loss awareness

Leading sight loss charity the Macular Society has joined forces with us to hold two open events at its LiveSmart retirement housing schemes in Wisbech and March to raise awareness of macular disease.

Macular disease is the biggest cause of sight loss in the UK. Nearly 1.5 million people are currently affected and many more are at risk.

The disease can have a devastating effect on people’s lives, leaving them unable to drive, read or see faces. Many people affected describe losing their sight as being similar to bereavement.

There is still no cure and most types of the disease are not treatable. AMD is the most common form of macular disease, affecting more than 600,000 people, usually over the age of 50.

The Society will also be highlighting the work of its macular support groups, which help increase the confidence and independence of people affected by macular disease.

here are currently more than 400 of these groups across the UK, and if the awareness events in Wisbech and March are successful, new support groups will launch locally in the near future.

At both events, friends, family and carers are also welcome and refreshments will be provided.

When and where

  • Wednesday 15 January, from 10am-2pm,
    Somers Court, Somers Road, Wisbech PE13 2RA.

  • Friday 17 January, from 10am-2pm,
    Gimbert Square, Morton Avenue, March PE15 9EP.

Further information

For more information on the event, please contact Annemarie Taylor on 07787 248 815 or email annemarie.taylor@macularsociety.org

For general information on macular disease, call the Macular Society on 0300 3030 111 or email help@macularsociety.org