Macular Society E-newsletter

Welcome to your May Macular Society e-newsletter. It is great to hear that so many of you have now received your second vaccine and as restrictions ease across the UK we hope you have enjoyed some precious, much missed, time with loved ones over the last few weeks.

We continue to cautiously plan what our services will look like in a post-coronavirus world. While we miss seeing you all face-to-face, we cannot forget all the positive things the digital world has offered us over the last year. We have all found new ways of connecting with each other and supporting each other across the miles. It’s been truly inspiring to see how everyone has adapted in what has been an extraordinary time and we are so grateful to each and every one of you for your continued support.

New smart glasses help people with macular disease to read

Trials of a new pair of smart glasses, specifically designed for those with macular disease, have shown to improve the reading ability for 86 per cent of participants. Find out more about the results

‘The biggest thing for me was knowing I’d never be able to drive’
We hear from many of you that losing your driving licence due to macular disease is a devastating experience. But, after being diagnosed with Stargardt while she was saving up for driving lessons, Louise didn’t even get the chance to get behind the wheel. Louise’s Story

New drug for wet AMD to be put in spotlight

A new drug for wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which could see patients receiving as few as four injections a year, will be put in the spotlight, as it becomes the focus of this month’s Virtual Clinic. Register for the webinarWatch the previous Virtual Clinics

‘If we don’t fundraise, we’re never going to get anywhere’
As so many of us can only dream of holidays abroad at the moment, we have introduced another way for you to visit your bucket list destinations. One of our members, Julia, is leading the way. Read More

“No advice, help, information or reassurance was given to me.”
Delivering bad news can be a difficult task, but as many of you know it is an important thing to get right when you are receiving a life-changing diagnosis. Last month we asked you to share your stories and hundreds of you have replied, thank you! So, what are we doing to improve the experience of diagnosis for patients with macular disease? Read More

Macular Disease Conference 2021
Our annual conference will be on Saturday, 11 September. We will be joined by experts in all things macular, to give you the latest updates in research and the best advice on living with sight loss. This year’s event will once again be taking place online. We’re just finalising the programme but don’t forget to add this date to your diary.

A free and easy way to help beat macular disease
We’ve launched an exciting partnership with a company called Red Dog Ads, which makes it easier than ever for you to support the fight against macular disease. Sign up and all you have to do is watch one two-minute advert a week. Red Dog Ads will reward you with cash you can donate to your charity of choice. It is that simple. Sign Up