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Sight loss support group set up in Banff

By Kyle Ritchie

A new support group which aims to help increase the confidence and independence of people affected by sight loss is set to meet once a month in Banff.

The Banff Macular Society Support Group will hold its first full meeting on Tuesday, August 27 from 10.30am-12.30pm, at Banff Library on High Street, and then at the same time and location on the last Tuesday of each month.

Run by sight loss charity the Macular Society, in partnership with local people, a regular meeting date for the group has been agreed following a successful open event, which was held at the library in July.

A new group, which supports people who have lost their sight, has been set up in Banff.
A new group, which supports people who have lost their sight, has been set up in Banff.

The group’s ongoing aim will be to offer information, encouragement and friendship to people who are affected by macular disease and other forms of sight loss.

Macular disease is the biggest cause of sight loss in the UK. Nearly 1.5 million people are currently affected and many more are at risk.

The disease can have a devastating effect on people’s lives, leaving them unable to drive, read or see faces.

Many people affected describe losing their sight as being similar to bereavement. There is still no cure and most types of the disease are not treatable.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common form of macular disease, affecting more than 600,000 people, usually over the age of 50.

Laura Gray, Macular Society regional manager, said: “The Banff Macular Society Support Group is here for anybody affected by sight loss and we want to encourage people to come along. Friends and family are also very welcome.

“It’s good to be able to learn from each other’s experiences and get tips. The peer support can be so helpful. Our groups can really help people increase in confidence and become more independent.

“The group will invite guest speakers on a variety of subjects, including sight loss and its impact on our daily lives. The meetings are also social occasions where we can chat over a cup of tea.”

For more information about the Banff Macular Society Support Group, contact Laura Gray on 07948352967 or 01467 620658; or email laura.gray@macularsociety.org

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