“When you start exploring the world with all your senses it comes alive for you”

Posted: Monday 13 May 2024

Whether it's walking, swimming, or gardening, getting active outdoors can be great for reducing stress and anxiety and improving our mental well-being. A diagnosis of macular disease shouldn’t stand in the way of you enjoying outdoor hobbies. People find ways to adapt and stay active, despite sight loss.

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Optometry vs ophthalmology – your questions answered

Posted: Wednesday 1 May 2024

Are you familiar with the distinction between an optometrist and an ophthalmologist, and how each professional can support you? Optometrist Yuan Gao and consultant ophthalmic surgeon and retinal specialist, Rashmi Akshikar joined us for April’s My Macular and Me webinar.

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New study identifies 87 genes linked to AMD

Posted: Friday 26 April 2024

Researchers at the National Eye Institute in the USA have discovered 87 genes in retinal cells that could be affected by environmental factors which may influence the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

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Anne, left, pictured with John on holiday outside the Anne Frank house museum

'It's very important that I make the best of what I can see and do now'

Posted: Thursday 25 April 2024

John has been creative for as long as he can remember, and is determined to keep doing what he loves, while adjusting to life with sight loss.

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Macular Society partners with UK’s largest health research programme

Posted: Friday 5 April 2024

The Macular Society is proud to announce a new partnership with Our Future Health, a groundbreaking initiative aimed at revolutionising research into health conditions such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

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Home monitoring for patients with AMD

Posted: Wednesday 3 April 2024

Health tech startup OKKO Health has shared new insights from its UK research study on home monitoring for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The study is being carried out in collaboration with the Macular Society.

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Discover the latest news on treatments and emerging drugs

Posted: Tuesday 2 April 2024

A webinar exploring the fast-changing landscape of treatments for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) will be hosted by OcuPlan this month.

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‘Regular injections essential in maintaining vision’

Posted: Wednesday 27 March 2024

Early diagnosis, prompt initial treatment, and regular injections help stabilise vision in most eyes with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to a new report published by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists

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All you need to know about implantable magnifying lenses for macular disease

Posted: Monday 25 March 2024

Intraocular lenses (IOLs) were the focus of our My Macular and Me webinar in March, as Dr Julie Silvestri shed light on the potential of these devices, which aim to improve vision for people living with sight loss.

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‘I didn’t appreciate the longer-term emotional impact of this disease’

Posted: Wednesday 20 March 2024

Jill, a university researcher from County Durham, described how the Macular Society’s Counselling Service gave her the “time and breathing space” to adapt after a diagnosis of an extremely rare form of macular disease.

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Enquiry explores employers’ attitudes to visually impaired employees

Posted: Tuesday 5 March 2024

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Eye Health and Visual Impairment has launched an enquiry to find out more about how employers treat and hire blind and partially sighted people.

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Increased dose of Eylea to extend treatment intervals

Posted: Friday 1 March 2024

Renowned retinal specialist Dr Kenneth Fan has called the higher approved dose of Eylea for patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic macular oedema (DMO), “a pivotal moment” for the treatment of these conditions.

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