The Macular Society is preparing for the start of its first ever awareness week, which launches on Monday.
The week will help raise the profile of one of the biggest causes of sight loss in the developed world and takes place between 6 – 12 July.
Groups, members and optometrists across the UK will be joining in a host activities throughout the week to help raise awareness of macular disease. The Society also wants to highlight the importance of research funding which could eventually help to find a cure for macular conditions.
Cathy Yelf, Chief Executive of the Society, said: “By 2020 almost 700,000 Britons will have late stage age-related macular degeneration(AMD). It is now the most common cause of sight loss in the country. We are fighting for more funding for macular research because our ageing society means many more people are developing the condition. We urgently need to find a solution.