Macular Group


Macular Matters

Sunderland Macular Support Group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 1:30pm. The venue for the group is "The Place" Atheneum Street , Sunderland which is just a the top of Foyle Street.

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

Meeting dates for 2017 are as follows;

Wednesday 24th 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 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


Macular Society Information Sessions

The Macular Society are holding drop in sessions in The Boardroon at Sunderland Eye Infirmary on the following dates:

Monday 4th September - 10;00am to 2:00pm

Thursday 16th November - 19:00am to 2:00pm

Anyone interested is invited to attend at any time during the events.


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