Macular Society Newsletter

Welcome to your February e-newsletter. Thank you for joining us once again and sharing our hope for the future for everyone living with, or supporting someone with macular disease.

This month we are excited to share two new developments in research and treatment for both wet and dry age-related macular degeneration. News like this really helps keep the hope alive. We know there’s a lot more work to do, but as you know every new treatment, or piece of technology, can make a real difference.

By being a part of our community you are helping to Beat Macular Disease each and every day. If you’d like to be more involved, you can find out how in our news item below – and if you have more ideas we haven’t thought of, we’d love to hear from you. Thank you.

New drug for AMD and diabetic macular oedema approved by the FDA
A new longer-lasting treatment for two types of macular disease has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is currently being considered for use in the NHS.

Revolutionary bionic chip inserted in first UK patient with AMD
A patient with dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) has become the first UK patient to receive a new device which gives hope of partially restoring vision to people with dry AMD.

Bionic chip – what you need to know
How does the new bionic chip work? And, who could benefit? We’ve answered your questions about the latest technology and how you could get involved in the clinical trial.

“The first time I went for the injection I wasn’t terrified – it wasn’t as bad as I had feared.”
Were you frightened when you were told you’d need injections in your eye? Margot Kennedy says her eye injections have now become ‘routine’ and is keen to tackle the fear factor.

Employment webinar to tackle sight loss challenges
Have you experienced difficulty finding a job as a result of your sight loss? We will be hosting a webinar looking at the perceived and real barriers to employment and how to overcome them.

Jazz singer to complete your Winter Warmer line up
Jazz musician Katriona Taylor who was diagnosed with Stargardt disease at eight years old will star in the last of this year’s series of Winter Warmer calls, which have provided comfort, friendship and entertainment during the long winter nights.

February webinars – Living with macular disease and its emotional impact
This month our regular webinars will be focusing on people’s experiences of living with macular disease, as well as the wider emotional impact of sight loss.

Ways you can beat macular disease
There are lots of ways you can help Beat Macular Disease. Find out what you can do to help find a cure.

It pays not to follow the crowd
Did you know that February is a great time to get your year organised once and for all? We just wanted to let you know that our online shop has some bargains in it right now. All profits help Beat Macular Disease.

Join us and Beat Macular Disease
Join a community dedicated to Beating Macular Disease by becoming a Macular Society member today. Become a member to get expert advice and support, and together we will find a cure.