Macular Group and RP Group


Macular  & RP Matters

Sunderland Macular Support Group and RP Support Group have merged and meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 1:30 at our offices, 53 St Luke's terrace, Pallion, Sunderland.

New Members are always welcome and meetings are very well attended.

Meeting Dates for 2019 are:

23rd January

27th February

27th March

24th April

22nd May

26th June

24th July

25th September

23rd October

27th November

18th December

Durham Macular Support Group

Durham Macular Support Group meet on the 4th Monday of each month at the Methodist Church Hall, North Road, Durham City between 1pm and 3pm. Meeting dates for 2019 are as follows;

28th January

25th February

25th March

22nd April

27th May

24th June

22nd July

23rd September

28th October

25th November


Further information can be obtained by telephoning Mrs Pauline Morphet on 01740 655300



Skills for Seeing

Macular conditions, such as age-related macular degeneration or juvenile dystrophies, causes loss of central vision. Skills for seeing training can help you to use your vision more effectively. Learning new ways of seeing can help with reading, taking care of yourself, getting about and watching television. The Macular Society has trained volunteers skilled in teaching techniques which can help you to use your vision more effectively.

This first technique, eccentric viewing, involves identifying and using the healthiest parts of your macular. Many people often adopt this technique as they adjust to their sight loss. The second, steady eye strategy involves learning a new way of reading text.

These techniques do not work for everyone. However, learning them will not damage your vision and when they do work, many people say they feel more confident and have more control over their lives. A member of this Society has trained and recently qualified as an eccentric viewing and steady eye trainer. Mr. Richard Robson has very kindly offered his services to members of the Society who may be interested in recieving training. The training will be on a one to one basis and take place in our office at 8, Foyle Street, Sunderland.

If anyone is interested and would like to have a chat with Mr. Robson about the training please telephone the office on 0191 567 3939 to make an appointment.

For further information on Macular Degeneration please Click here to visit the Macular Society Website