Macular Society Newsletter

December Update

Welcome to your December e-newsletter. Christmas is a time when many of us reflect on the past year – and for us, once again, the kindness, compassion and care you have shown with your support in Beating Macular Disease has made us feel thankful and truly blessed. You have made it possible to keep our vital services running, when they’ve been needed more than ever, and continue funding research to stop macular disease in its tracks once and for all. Not only that, but your support has resulted in the Macular Society winning two national awards this week recognising our efforts to quickly adapt and deliver our support services, in the face of coronavirus restrictions. Some wonderful news to end the year on – thank you so much, and we wish you and your family all the very best for Christmas and the new year.

New NHS role could help transform eye services Plans to recruit a National Clinical Director for Eye Care, which could help transform services for people living with macular disease, have been revealed by Parliament.

What would it really take to end macular disease? Professor Andrew Dick reveals all For more than 30 years, Professor Andrew Dick has been investigating what happens when the immune system goes wrong – and since 2012, his lab has been focused on age-related macular degeneration. We asked what excites him about his work, and what it would really take to end macular disease.

Double award week for Society’s pandemic response Our efforts to continue to provide vital support services for you during the coronavirus pandemic have been recognised with two national awards.

New myopic macular degeneration support group A new support group for people with myopic macular degeneration is launching this month. The group is the latest in a series of condition-specific support groups for those living with different types of macular disease.

Charles Bonnet Syndrome – ‘I’d end up sitting in the corner crying through fear’ When Chris was plagued by visual hallucinations, which often left him unable to carry out everyday tasks. He discusses the impact they’ve had on his life, and how he’s overcome the fear they cause.

Alcohol intake and smoking increase risk of AMD New research has identified an association between increased alcohol intake and the risk of developing dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD).