Support group for people facing macular degeneration

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A support group is being launched in Aylesbury to help people affected by macular degeneration.

The Macular Society together with local people have organised the group, which meets on the last Wednesday of every month. The ongoing aim of the group will be to offer information, encouragement and friendship to people who are affected by the condition.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects the central vision and is the most common cause of sight loss in the UK, affecting more than 600,000 people. More people are affected as our population ages.

Tom McInulty, Macular Society Regional Support and Development Manager, said: “This new group is here for anybody affected by macular degeneration, 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.”

The Macular Society is inviting anyone affected by the condition to join them on Wednesday, February 24 at 1.30pm to 3.30pm in Room 5, Aylesbury Methodist Church, Buckingham Street, HP20 2NQ.

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