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Spalding Macular Society Support Group meets at St Thomas's Road Methodist Church, Spalding, with group leader Leonard Sharp (right).

Spalding Macular Society Support Group meets at St Thomas's Road Methodist Church, Spalding, with group leader Leonard Sharp (right).

Spalding Macular Society Support Group helps people with macular degeneration, an eye condition leading to a gradual loss of central vision.

The condition affects up to 500,000 people in the UK where the part of the eye responsible for central vision, the macula, cannot function as effectively as it used to.

Genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors can all lead to macular degeneration, the most common form being age-related (AMD).

Leonard Sharp, the support group’s leader in Spalding, said: “The Macular Society is a national, registered charity for blind and partially-sighted people in the UK and Ireland.

“There are about 290 similar groups to the one in Spalding across the British Isles and all the groups are run by volunteers like myself.

“The group meets once a month when there are speakers of various types, not always to do with sight, and we try to work with other charities to raise awareness of AMD.

“But the main purpose of the group is to support people who are diagnosed with central vision loss because often, they live alone and are devastated to have the condition.”

The support group is teaming up with Molson Optometrists in Spalding to hold an AMD open day in the town’s Market Place on Tuesday September 30.

For more details about the group, call Leonard on 01205 750540 or email ln.shrp@live.co.uk

 

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