Who are The Macular Society?
Running from the 27th June to the 3rd of July, this year’s Macular Week organised by The Macular Society aims to raise awareness of an eye condition relating to the macula – an important but very small area for seeing at the back of the eye. This condition known as macular degeneration affects 600,000 people in the UK, many of whom rely on The Macular Society for support and advice through their large print, audio or online articles and newsletters, just email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring their telephone helpline (0300 3030 111). They also offer confidential telephone counselling sessions and nationwide support groups.
Who can they help?
They also fund research to find a cure for macular disease and are passionate about getting across the message that anyone with the right information and support can manage very well with a macular condition. Watch a short 1-minute video here featuring Mac himself https://www.macularsociety.org/mac
Here at Butterflies Healthcare, we often refer our newly diagnosed customers and relatives to them, as in the early days it can be confusing, worrying and frustrating to plan ahead for the future. They help with managing painless yet blurred, wavy vision or sight loss when you look at the centre of your vision and reassure people that they will not go completely blind. Their services are available all over the country and are FREE to anyone with a macular condition. Here is their advice for preventing macular degeneration;
We work closely with The Macular Society to ensure that anyone with a diagnosis of dry macular degeneration that is recommended or prescribed by their ophthalmologist or optician to take a vitamin supplement, receives the most effective eye vitamins that have been specifically designed and researched properly for age-related macular degeneration. Our message is that NOT all eye vitamins are the same, some are for GENERAL eye health not MACULAR eye health, where the doses needed are much higher. If you are an optician we have designed a comparison chart to help, so visit our website to find out more.