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Oakham and Uppingham Macular Society Support Group

A new support group is being launched to help increase the confidence and independence of people affected by sight loss in Rutland.

The Oakham and Uppingham Macular Society Support Group will meet for the first time on Thursday, October 31, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm, at Oakham Methodist Church, in Northgate, and then on the last Thursday of each month.

The group has been organised by sight loss charity the Macular Society, in partnership with local people.

Macular Society
Macular Society

Its aim will be to offer information, encouragement and friendship to people who are affected by macular disease and other forms of sight loss.

Macular disease is the biggest cause of sight loss 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 is the most common form of macular disease, affecting more than 600,000 people, usually over the age of 50.

Paul Holden, Macular Society regional manager, said: “This new 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. It will be a very effective way for anyone with low vision to have ongoing support, to be able to live well, and to talk to others who are going through the same life challenges.

“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 sight loss and its impact on our daily lives. The meetings are also social occasions when we can chat over a cup of tea.”

For more information about the Oakham and Uppingham Macular Society Support Group, contact Paul Holden on 07769 494 087 or e-mail paul.holden@macularsociety.org

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