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Macular group to raise awareness of sight loss

An event aimed at raising awareness of the most common cause of sight loss in the UK is taking place in Kirkwall on Tuesday.

The Orkney Macular Support Group, in partnership with the Macular Society, has organised an open day, which takes place on Tuesday, April 9, from 9.30am-4pm, at Kirkwall Town Hall.

The event will offer information about age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It will also highlight the wide range of support available to people living in the local area with AMD and other macular conditions.

On the day, Macular Society regional manager John Furze, and members of the Orkney Macular Support Group will be on hand to talk to visitors about the group’s activities, how it helps people with macular conditions living locally and additional support available in the area for people with vision loss.

The group meets on the first Thursday of each month, from 11am-1pm, at King Street Halls.

In addition, representatives from technology specialist Optelec will be in attendance to demonstrate a range of gadgets and technology designed to make everyday life easier with macular disease.

John Furze, Macular Society regional manager, said: “If you have AMD or any other macular condition, or if you have a friend or family member who has been affected by sight problems, then please come and see us on Tuesday, April 9 to find out more, or come to one of our monthly meetings. Friends, family and carers are welcome to join us too.”

For more information about the event, or the Orkney Macular Support Group, please contact John Furzer on 01463 214 190 / 07711133733, email john.furze@macularsociety.org

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