New sight loss support group launches in town

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A support group to help increase the confidence and independence of people affected by macular degeneration in Ballymena launches in the town on, Tuesday, November 15.

The Macular Society, together with local people, have organised the group, which will meet on the third Tuesday of every month.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects the central vision and is the most common cause of sight loss in the United Kingdom, affecting more than 600,000 people. More people are affected as our population ages.

The Macular Society is inviting anyone affected by the condition to join them for the launch on November 15 from 11am to 12.30pm at First Ballymena Presbyterian Church, Meetinghouse Lane.

The ongoing aim of the group will be to offer information, encouragement and friendship to people who are affected by the condition.

Karen Toogood, the Macular Society’s regional manager, said: “This new group is here for anybody affected by macular degeneration, we want to encourage people to come along. Friends and family are also very welcome.

“It’s good to be able to learn from each other’s experiences and get tips. The peer support can be so helpful.

“Our groups can really help people increase in confidence and become more independent.

“The group will invite guest speakers on a variety of subjects, including macular conditions and their impact on our daily lives. The meetings are also social occasions where we can chat over a cup of tea,” Karen added.

If you would like more information on the group or macular degeneration, call the Macular Society’s helpline on 0300 3030 111 or alternatively email your request to help@macularsociety.org.