26 June – 2 July 2017
We are looking forward to a fantastic Macular Week 2017, which is now in its third year. Thank you to everyone who got involved in 2016, by organising events and spreading the message on social media. We want to make Macular Week 2017, in our 30th anniversary year even bigger and better. We need your support to help make this happen.
This year the theme of the week will be smoking and sight loss. Many people are aware that smoking causes lung cancer, but not many realise that it can also cause blindness. Smokers are up to four times more likely than non-smokers to develop age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and smokers with a genetic predisposition to AMD are eight times more likely to get the condition. Throughout the week we will be encouraging as many people as possible to raise awareness of the connection between smoking and your sight.
Macular Week is all about increasing awareness of macular disease, as well as highlighting the importance of research funding, which could eventually help to find a cure for macular disease.