Macular Society Newsletter

New research could lead to a treatment for both wet and dry AMD:
Scientists at The University of Manchester have identified those who are at risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), based on their genes, and discovered underlying changes in the tissue of these otherwise healthy people. Your support has helped fund this groundbreaking study.

New treatment approved for wet AMD and diabetic macular oedema
A new longer-lasting treatment for wet age-related macular degeneration and diabetic macular oedema (DMO) has been approved for use on the NHS in England and Wales, with Scotland and Northern Ireland expected to follow in the coming months.

‘We want to help in any way we can’
Betty Chatfield was diagnosed with dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in 2009. Her four daughters, one of whom lives in Australia, have been supporting their mum no matter the distance. This proves that our wonderful community will go to any length to help a loved one!

Experts need your help to review research priorities
Eye health experts across the UK are calling for your input to refresh research priorities for patients, relatives, carers and eye health professionals.

Online training tool will help you make the best use of your remaining vision
We’ve launched a brand new online training tool to help you continue to do the things you love, by teaching you to use your remaining vision. One of our “graduates”, Christine is delighted: ‘The training was just so good’, ‘you’re learning about yourself and what you can do differently’, she says.

Volunteers’ Week 2022: ‘If we met we’d be best friends’
It’s been quite a month for celebrating! Volunteers’ Week on 1 to 7 June gave us a chance to thank our selfless volunteers. Without them and people like Pauline, we simply wouldn’t exist. They continue to help provide vital support to those living with macular disease. Thank you to every single person giving up their time – we appreciate everything you do to help reduce the feelings of loneliness and isolation a diagnosis can bring.