Spalding Macular Society joins opticians to highlight common cause of sight loss
The UK's most common cause of sight loss was highlighted when Spalding Macular Society Support Group joined forces with opticians Molsom & Associates.
The special, day-long event took place near the optician's practice in Hall Place.
Members of the support group offered information to customers and passers-by about the condition and highlighted the importance of good eye health.
The event also helped to raise almost £100 for leading sight loss charity the Macular Society.
Macular disease is the biggest cause of sight loss in the UK. Nearly 1.5 million people are affected and many more are at risk.
The disease can have a devastating effect on people's lives, leaving them unable to drive, read or see faces.
Many people affected describe losing their sight as being similar to bereavement. There is still no cure and most types of the disease are not treatable. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common form of macular disease, affecting more than 600,000 people, usually over the age of 50.
Macular Society regional manager Annemarie Taylor, said: "Information events like these give us a great opportunity to highlight the effects of macular disease and the support that's on offer in the local area.
"The generous donations we receive at these events also help to fund research into the condition so that a cure can be found, and ensure we can continue to provide the best possible support to anyone affected.
"We're very grateful to the whole team at Molsom & Associates for hosting us and to everyone who came to see us on Tuesday."
Molsom's practice manager Gail Stovell said: " We are very happy to support the Spalding Macular Society in raising awareness and funds for the Macular Society Charity.
"It is our honour to support the work they do to highlight this devastating disease.
"As an Independent opticians we work on trying to educate our patients on the importance of maintaining good eye health and protecting their eyes from harmful UV rays. Our community school visits also highlight the importance of wearing sunglasses from a young age, to protect their delicate eyes and hopefully help to prevent future eye conditions such as AMD.
"Our OCT scanning technology at the practice, along with over 10 years' experience, helps our optometrists to identify many eye conditions in their early stages. This enables effective treatment or management for our patients, or direct referrals to specialists where required."
The Spalding Macular Society Support Group meets on the second Tuesday of each month, from 1.30-3.30pm, at the United Reformed Church, Pinchbeck Road, Spalding PE11 1QF.
Run by the Macular Society, in partnership with local people, it is one of more than 400 of its kind in the UK, offering information, encouragement and friendship to people affected by macular disease. Its next meeting will be held on Tuesday, November, 12.
For more information on the Spalding Macular Society Support Group, please contact Annemarie Taylor on 01353 478 004 / 07787 248 815, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on macular disease, call the Macular Society on 0300 3030 111 or email email@example.com or pop into Molsom's for Macular Society leaflets.