Macular Society Newsletter

Welcome to your April e-newsletter. While we continue to experience our own challenging times at home and hear about those happening in the world around us, we wanted to let you know we are thinking of you; and we hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe and well. Thank you for continuing to be there and sharing the mission to Beat Macular Disease.

Hope feels more important than ever before. So we are delighted to highlight two potential new treatments for age-related macular degeneration. Thanks to the work of amazing researchers in the UK and beyond, there is lots of exciting progress being made. We are so grateful to them and you for continuing to give us all hope for a future without macular disease.

Drug trial for dry AMD slows progression of disease A drug being trialled for dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can significantly reduce the progression of the disease, according to new studies.

Find out more on the AMD drug trial

Researchers reveal more about potential new drug for AMD – Researchers working on a new treatment that could stop dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) developing into wet will reveal more detail about the drug in our exclusive webinar. Dr James Whiteford will be joining us in our monthly My Macular and Me monthly webinar to explain more about the potential new treatment. If successful this could be a potential new treatment for patients who do not respond to current wet AMD injections. More

Marvin digs deep to raise funds for macular disease – Vision Express has brought to life its loveable mascot Marvin the Mole to raise vital funds for people living with macular disease and children with eye cancer. After an overwhelming swell of support from colleagues and members of the public, you can now get hold of your very own soft toy Marvin to help Beat Macular Disease. More

“We are seeing potential with this system we’ve not really seen before”
The eye surgeon who implanted a revolutionary chip into the first person in the UK has revealed more details about the device, which is hoping to restore vision in patients with dry age-related macular degeneration and potentially other macular conditions, such as Stargardt. More

“If my dad can go through his sight loss then I can stand in a boxing ring and hold my own”
An ice cream seller has undergone a dramatic transformation in order to stage her own fight against macular disease, in support of her dad Michael, as well as her children. More

Expert advice for visually impaired jobseekers
Representatives from Support 4 Sight and North Wales Society for the Blind joined a recent webinar to highlight the challenges faced by visually impaired people finding work and how to overcome them. We share their top tips from the event. More

Keep an ear out for our call
We always want to deliver the best services for everyone who needs us! So we will be conducting a telephone survey of people who have used some of our services in the last 12 months and who have previously shared their contact details with us. If you are contacted by a research company on our behalf and decide to speak with them, we thank you for helping us to improve. and, if you have any questions, contact us on 01264 350 551 or

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