The quest to find a cure for the UK’s biggest cause of blindness was brought sharply into focus at the Chichester Macular Support Group’s recent meeting.
On Wednesday, June 5, the group welcomed Geraldine Hoad from leading sight loss charity the Macular Society, as its guest speaker. Geraldine talked to the group about the latest research into macular disease and current treatments for the condition.
Macular disease is the biggest cause of blindness 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. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common form of macular disease, affecting more than 600,000 people, usually over the age of 50.
The Chichester Macular Support Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month, 1.30pm-3.30pm, at The Lounge, Pilgrim Court, Tozer Way, Chichester PO19 7LQ. Run by the Macular Society, in partnership with local people, the group is one of 400 of its kind in the UK. It offers vital information, encouragement and friendship to people who are affected by macular disease. The meetings are also social occasions where members can chat over a cup of tea or coffee.
Stella Black, Macular Society regional manager, said: “With around 300 people in the UK being diagnosed with macular disease every day, one of the questions we’re most frequently asked is:
‘What is being done to find a cure?’.
“As a charity, we’re fully committed to investing in research into macular disease and are currently helping to fund a range of exciting and innovative projects. These crucial studies will help build a greater understanding of the disease and ultimately help us to find a cure.
For more information on the group, please contact Stella Black on 07494 467 980 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org