Macular Society’s October e-newsletter

The Macular Society’s October e-newsletter is out and below are the main stories. You can view the newsletter with links to more on all the topics covered here – View Newsletter

New telescopic lens for patients with late-stage AMD
Eye surgeons in Newcastle have become the first in the UK to give patients with late-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD) a pioneering new eye implant.

Are we a step closer to treating AMD with red light?
Red light has been shown to improve declining eyesight, with one particular study showing promise for patients diagnosed with dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

“I’ve learned all the skills that I need to try and live independently”
When sight loss left our volunteer Nick unable to make a simple cup of tea, he knew he needed help to rediscover an independent life with sight loss. The 45-year-old was struggling with his mental health as tasks became harder and the father of four no longer wanted to leave the house.

Is blue light damaging and are filters worth it?
We often get asked whether blue light is dangerous to the macula and whether blue light filtering glasses are worth getting. Recent research has shown that blue light filters often do not live up to the claims they make. We answer your questions and look into the research in more detail.

What causes AMD and how can we detect it sooner?
Dr Ruth Hogg, from Queen’s University Belfast, will join our My Macular and Me webinar this month to discuss her latest research, which aims to detect early signs of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and enable faster treatment.

Research into inherited retinal disease and the benefits of genetic counselling
Research optometrist Shelley Black and genetic counsellor Claire Kirk join us from the Northern Ireland Clinical Research Network (NICRN) later this month for our second My Macular and Me webinar. Shelley will share her most recent research into inherited retinal disease, while Claire will explain the benefits of genetic counselling.

How do you talk to your friends and family about your sight loss?
A diagnosis of macular disease can be overwhelming, impacting various aspects of your life, including your mental health, relationships and independence. Despite this, many people struggle to speak openly about what they are going through. Head of the Macular Society’s counselling service Suzanne Roberts shares her tips on how you can talk more openly.

Are you all set for Christmas?
Did you know that we sell Christmas cards and exclusive specially designed diaries and calendars? Our brand new range is on our website now.

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