Macular Society launches second training course for eye care professionals

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10 May 2019
Source: Macular Society

Leading sight loss charity the Macular Society has given a boost to eye care professionals wanting to learn more about macular disease by launching a brand-new free course to its online training package.

‘The emotional impact of a diagnosis of AMD’ is the second course it has made available through the web-based training programme. Alongside the first course, ‘An Introduction to Age-Related Macular Degeneration’, it aims to provide a comprehensive guide to central vision loss and how to manage it.

Once again, the charity has worked alongside bespoke learning specialist Perceptive to develop the course. It is divided into a selection of modules: Communication, Interpretation, Emotional Impact, and Information and Advice, and ends with a multiple-choice test. A variety of supporting video content also helps professionals provide the best possible care to people with macular disease.

As before, the latest course also has full Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Certificate in Education & Training (CET) accreditation. The Society plans to add further courses covering additional topics, such as Early AMD, Skills for Seeing, Nutrition and Eye Health and Charles Bonnet Syndrome – visual hallucinations which are thought to affect half of all people with macular disease.

Jessica Murray, Macular Society lead for eye care professionals, said: “We are pleased to launch our second online training course. The course covers the importance of careful communication, the impact of a diagnosis on mental health, and information and advice that should be provided to people with AMD. It takes one hour to complete and is free for all eye care professionals.

“A diagnosis of AMD can be devastating for patients. It is vital that eye care practitioners are aware of the emotional impact of the diagnosis and how they can help patients come to terms with it. The first course, ‘A Introduction to AMD’, is also still available for anyone who hasn’t yet completed it.”

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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.

To access the free online training courses, go to http://www.macularsocietylearning.org and register your details.

For more information about the training, please contact Jessica Murray, Macular Society lead for eye care professionals, on 01264 322 412 or email jessica.m@macularsociety.org

For more information on macular disease, call the Macular Society on 0333 3030 111 or email help@macularsociety.org

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