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
Source: Macular Society

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
Source: Macular Society

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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Macular Society: Visually impaired sprinter announced as patron of national charity

26 September 2019
Source: The Macular Society

Parathlete Zac Shaw has pledged his support to national sight loss charity the Macular Society as he has been announced as the organisation’s new patron. Zac is supporting the charity to help raise awareness of macular disease – the biggest cause of sight loss in the UK and highlight the importance of funding research to find a cure. The 23-year-old

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Action Against AMD (AAAMD) partners with leading organisations and the UK Government to establish the Health Data Research Hub for Eye Health

13 September 2019
Source: AAAMD

AAAMD is a partner in INSIGHT – Health Data Research Hub for Eye Health. INSIGHT is one of the seven pioneering data research centres to enable cutting-edge research and innovation to benefit UK patients. There is an increasing demand for ‘big data’ to enable innovation in health technologies and improve patient care. INSIGHT creates an NHS-academic-industry partnership to make anonymised

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More research is needed to stop macular disease in its tracks

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25 June 2019
Source: Macular Society

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
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

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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
Source: Macular Society

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: “The counsellor helped me to contain the feelings of fear, anxiety, despair and helplessness I was experiencing”

24 April 2019
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“It is normal to experience powerful feelings after diagnosis and subsequent losses and changes. These deserve time, attention and thinking about. When we give our feelings space and time, the intensity lessens and we can get on with the business of living with macular disease.” Norma contacted the Macular Society’s Counselling Service after feeling a profound sense of loss when

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Macular Society: Join our call for more ophthalmologists

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28 March 2019
Source: Macular Society

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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