New support group for sight loss launched in London Bridge

Josh Salisbury (11 January, 2020)

The group offers support to those in Southwark living with sight loss

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A support group for people with sight loss is to be relaunched this month near to Borough Market.

The London Bridge Macular Society Support Group, one of 400 of its kind in the country, offers information, encouragement and support to those affected by macular disease and other forms of sight loss.

The group will meet on Thursday, January 23 from 10am-12noon at Lucy Brown House on Park Street.

Meetings will then take place at the same time and place on the fourth Thursday of every other month.

The group is run by the Macular Society, which campaigns around macular disease, the biggest cause of sight loss in the UK.

“The London Bridge Macular Society Support Group is here for anybody affected by sight loss and we want to encourage people to come along. Friends and family are also very welcome,” said Dianne Nicola, Macular Society regional manager.

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

Nearly 1.5 million people are currently affected by macular disease in the UK and many more are at risk. 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.

For more information about the London Bridge Macular Society Support Group, contact Dianne Nicola on 07824 330 951, or email dianne.nicola@macularsociety.org.

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