Living with macular conditions

Macular disease has a profound impact on those with the condition. The right information and support can help people retain their independence.

Some types of macular disease can be treated but treatment must be given quickly.

Changes to lighting and décor, as well as using gadgets and technology, can help everyday life with macular disease.

Macular disease prevents some people getting out and about. Support is available to help people remain independent.

Magnifiers, high contrast and large print products are among the many items available to help people with macular disease.

It is very common for people with macular degeneration to experience visual hallucinations, known as Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS).

Registering as sight impaired often makes it easier to get additional support and may also qualify you for benefits.

To experience what it is like to be affected by macular disease, take a look at these images.

The MD_evReader is a free app for the iPad or Android tablets, which has been developed to help people with central vision loss read.

A smart phone can help you to understand objects, ‘see’ colour, ‘read’ books, emails and letters, connect with people and travel around independently.