Macular Group

 

Macular Matters

Sunderland Macular Support Group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 1:30pm.  Sunderland City Library in Fawcett Street has now closed and we are looking for a new venue. All members of the Sunderland Macular Support Group will be sent details of the new meeting venue early in January.

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

Meeting dates for 2017 are as follows;

Wednesday 24th May

Wednesday 28th June

Wednesday 26th July

Wednesday 27th September

Wednesday 25th October

Wednesday 22nd November

Wednesday 20th 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 2017 are as follows;

Monday 22nd May

Monday 26th June

Monday 25th July

Monday 23rd October

Monday 27th November

The Group do not meet during August and December.

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