Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette

Macular society group in West London


HAVE you heard of macular disease? Despite it being the biggest cause of sight loss in the UK, many people remain unaware of the condition and the impact it has on so many lives.

Nearly 1.5million people in the UK are living with macular disease. It is a devastatin­g condition, often leaving those affected unable to read, drive or recognise the faces of their loved ones.

Like me, many people have no idea about macular disease and have never heard of it before, until they receive a diagnosis.

The Uxbridge Macular Society Support Group was set up to support people in Uxbridge and the surroundin­g area living with this condition,which leaves so many people feeling isolated.

We know losing your sight is incredibly challengin­g. Many people affected describe losing their sight as being similar to bereavemen­t. But this group exists to provide informatio­n, encouragem­ent and friendship to people who are affected by macular disease and other sight loss conditions, to help them feel less alone.

It’s been fantastic to welcome back so many familiar faces to support group in recent times, after the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. We know these regular meetings have made such a difference.

Our friendly group meetings always offer up-to-date informatio­n on the latest in treatments and research, as well as hints and tips which can help people retain their independen­ce. We are always welcoming new members and volunteers to join us at our meetings and would love to see you there.

We meet on the third Friday of each month between 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Uxbridge Library, 13-14 High Street, Uxbridge YB8 1HD.

Anyone interested in finding out more can call 07824 330 951 or email dianne.nicola@macularsoc­

The Uxbridge Macular Society Group is one of 400 run by national sight loss the Macular Society across the UK, and is led by volunteers from Uxbridge.

Dianne Nicola Regional manager London

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