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New group to help people with eyesight problems at Felixstowe Library

PUBLISHED: 17:15 10 November 2018 | UPDATED: 17:15 10 November 2018

Age-related Macular Degeneration is a common condition but new developments in treatment mean the sight of people who once would have gone blind can now be saved Picture: THINKSTOCK

Age-related Macular Degeneration is a common condition but new developments in treatment mean the sight of people who once would have gone blind can now be saved Picture: THINKSTOCK

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A new support group is being launched to help increase the confidence and independence of people affected by macular disease in Felixstowe.

The group, which has been organised by the Macular Society, in partnership with local people, will meet for the first time on Tuesday, November 20, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm, at the Hadwen Room, Felixstowe Library, Crescent Road, Felixstowe, and then on the third Tuesday of every month.

The ongoing aim of the group will be to offer information, encouragement and friendship to people who are affected by macular disease.

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.

Colin Daniels, Macular Society regional manager, said: “This new group is here for anybody affected by macular disease and we want to encourage people to come along. Friends and family are also very welcome.

“It’s good to be able to learn from each other’s experiences and get tips. The peer support can be so helpful.

“Our groups can really help people increase in confidence and become more independent.

“The group will invite guest speakers on a variety of subjects, including macular conditions and their impact on our daily lives. The meetings are also social occasions where we can chat over a cup of tea.”

For more information on the group, please contact Colin Daniels on 01603 937 449 / 07494 467 995, or email colin.daniels@macularsociety.org

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

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