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Support group launches for people with eye disease

A SUPPORT group for people who have the eye condition, macular disease, had its inaugural meeting in Braintree this week.

Macular disease, a condition that leads to loss of central vision due to damage to the macula, a small area of the retina at the back of the eye, affects more than half a million people in the UK. Age related macular degeneration is the most common form of the condition but there are many others including juvenile macular dystrophies.

The Hawthorns retirement complex at Meadow Park, Braintree, hosted the meeting when Danny Gleeson, Group Support and Development Manager at the Macular Disease Society, greeted a dozen visitors who have the condition.

One of those attending, Connie Davey of Braintree, said: “This was the first meeting of the group and everyone I spoke to felt it went really well and was most welcome. It’s easy to think you are the only one with the problem so it’s nice to talk with other people who are also experiencing the condition.

“We had people from Braintree, Witham and Dunmow. I’ve volunteered with another Braintree lady, Pat Radcliffe, to run the group going forward so we hope more and more people will come along to our monthly meetings. The Hawthorns is a lovely venue for the meetings and we are most grateful for being allowed to use it.”

The support group came about following an exhibition held in September at The Hawthorns by the Macular Disease Society.

Gordon Swan, Manager at The Hawthorns, said: “We have four residents with the condition and attendance at the exhibition showed there are many more people in the Braintree area who could benefit from finding out more about the condition and the support which is available.”

The Macular Disease Society has more than 240 groups across the UK aiming to increase the confidence and independence of people affected by central vision loss. For further information concerning macular disease, please call the Macular Disease Society’s helpline on 0300 3030 111 or visit www.maculardisease.org

The next meeting of the Braintree support group will take place at The Hawthorns – which offers residents a unique retirement lifestyle including all meals, bills, entertainment and excursion for an all-inclusive monthly rental fee – on Monday November 26 from 2-4pm.