Macular Society Newsletter

September Update

Welcome to your September e-newsletter. Next week we’ll be joined by renowned experts from the world of macular research who will share with you the latest developments and discoveries being made by our amazing scientists at our Hope for the Future conference. It’s not too late to register if you haven’t already – we’d love to see you there.

As you may have heard consultant ophthalmologist Ian Pearce say at our latest My Macular and Me webinar, this is an exciting time in macular disease and there’s so much promise in the next five years. Although there is a long way to go, we are hopeful things are finally moving in the right direction and with your continued support we will Beat Macular Disease.

Faricimab – all you need to know about the new treatment for wet AMD and DMO
Earlier this year a new treatment for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic macular oedema (DMO) became available, potentially allowing patients to go up to 16 weeks between injections. Consultant ophthalmologist Ian Pearce joined last month’s My Macular and Me webinar to reveal more about the new drug and how you can access it.

Cost of living crisis: what support is available if you are visually impaired?
It’s impossible to ignore the impact the cost of living crisis is having on so many of us. But, as living with sight loss already leads to additional, unavoidable costs, we know you may be feeling the pinch more than many. We explore what support is available for you and where you can turn for help.

Sight loss ‘brushed to one side’ at work before counselling
A new employment counselling group has given nursery worker Karen the confidence to take control of her macular condition at work and speak out about the support she needs.

Thousands of patients with diabetes-related sight loss given access to new treatment
Thousands of people living with diabetic macular oedema (DMO) could benefit from a steroid treatment, which has previously only been available to those who have received cataract surgery.

Help needed to test home-monitoring app
A digital health company which has developed an app to enable people with macular disease to monitor their vision from home needs your help. If you have a macular condition, you could help Okko Health improve the usability and accessibility of the app, which is designed to reduce the strain on hospital eye care services, by finding a way of monitoring your vision at home.

New Best disease support group launches
A new online support group for anyone living with Best disease is the latest in a series of condition-specific groups aimed to help you understand your diagnosis and speak with others sharing similar experiences.

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