Simplyhealth supports counselling service for people devastated by sight loss

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6 February 2020
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Simplyhealth has once again provided vital funding towards the Macular Society’s counselling service for the next two years, to help people with macular disease access the emotional support which can help them come to terms with their diagnosis. Simplyhealth has donated £60,000 to the Macular Society so the charity can continue to provide its free telephone counselling service, which more

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Sight loss training for BlindAid staff

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7 January 2020
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Staff from BlindAid have undergone specialist training to enable them to teach people with partial sight how to use their remaining vision effectively. Sixteen colleagues from BlindAid took part in a two-day training session organised by leading sight loss charity the Macular Society. The course, delivered by the Society in partnership with low-vision specialist Optima, was designed to equip delegates

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Lack of awareness and treatment delays put people with wet macular degeneration at risk of avoidable sight loss, new study finds

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31 October 2019
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Healthcare professionals and the general public still lack awareness of the most common form of sight loss in the UK, a new study has found. The study, published this week in BMJ Open Ophthalmology, highlighted delays in diagnosing people with macular disease due to both patients and professionals being unaware of the significance of the symptoms. It also showed that

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Macular Society receives £400,000 Lottery grant for Northern Ireland

17 October 2019
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Leading sight loss charity the Macular Society is set to significantly expand its services in Northern Ireland after receiving a £400,000 grant from the National Lottery. The Society has been awarded the funding from the National Lottery Community Fund Northern Ireland to help it support people with macular disease all over the country for the next five years. The grant

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More research is needed to stop macular disease in its tracks

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25 June 2019
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National sight loss charity the Macular Society says the only way to stop hundreds of thousands of people losing their sight is to fund much more research. The charity, which is this week marking its fifth annual awareness week, has highlighted the small amount of money going into macular research, despite the number of people affected by the condition. Macular

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Macular Society launches second training course for eye care professionals

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10 May 2019
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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

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Macular Society takes silver at Charity Film Awards

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8 May 2019
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A short film produced by leading sight loss charity the Macular Society has received a silver award at this year’s Charity Film Awards. The film, Five Years Through the Eyes of a Mum, which highlights the impact of macular disease on a mother and her young son, was one of the finalists at this year’s awards, held at etc. venues

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Dispensing optician running first marathon to beat macular disease

3 May 2019
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A dispensing optician will be running his first ever marathon later this month to help find a cure for the biggest cause of blindness in the UK, after seeing the huge impact it can have on people’s lives. Dylan Russell, who is an assistant manager and dispensing optician at Boots Opticians in Edinburgh, will be taking part in the city’s

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Macular Society: Join our call for more ophthalmologists

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28 March 2019
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The Macular Society has launched a petition today to stop people from needlessly losing their sight. Every day, around 300 people are diagnosed with macular disease. It’s the biggest cause of sight loss in the UK and many people are suffering permanent and severe sight loss because of hospital delays due to staff shortages and an increase in demand. Day after day we hear

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Nearly 1.5m people in the UK affected by biggest cause of blindness

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11 October 2018

New figures have revealed that nearly 1.5m[i] people in the UK are affected by macular disease, the nation’s biggest cause of blindness. The statistics revealed by national sight loss charity, the Macular Society, have been released on World Sight Day to highlight the extent of what is now an urgent public health issue. Macular disease is a progressive disease, which

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