First support group meeting about to be held for people with eye condition

May 03 2016

A NEW support group for people affected by a common eye condition is about to hold its inaugural meeting.

A NEW support group for people affected by a common eye condition is about to hold its inaugural meeting.
Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club has set up the group for anyone with macular degeneration, a problem that affects a person’s central vision.
It is working in conjunction with the Macular Society, with the first meeting to be held in the Old Grammar School in Chipping Sodbury’s High Street on Monday, May 16.
Macular degeneration results in sufferers having difficulty seeing when looking straight ahead.  Reading also becomes a problem, as does driving and even recognising people’s faces.
About ten per cent of the over-65 population is believed to have the condition to varying degrees and it is thought to be the commonest cause of vision loss in the UK.
The support group will give people the opportunity to share experiences and to pass on hints and tips.
Meetings will sometimes feature guest speakers talking on a variety of subjects concerned
with macular conditions.   
Rotarian and retired GP, Dr Tony Sarafian, said: “Until now, the nearest support group was either in Bristol or Bath, which prohibited many local people from attending meetings. We felt there was a real need for something more local.”
The group will meet on the third Monday of every month from 1.30pm-3.30pm, with meetings open to anyone affected by central vision loss, as well as any carers they may have.
For further details, contact Tom McInulty on 01264 321963.