New techniques to help eyesight problems

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PEOPLE suffering from sight problems are being offered the chance to learn new skills to maintain their independence.

Macular disease affects the central vision and is the biggest cause of sight loss in the UK.

The condition can take the form of age-related macular degeneration or a juvenile macular dystrophy.

Those affected by macular disease can find every day tasks such as cooking, walking, reading, watching television and even recognising the faces of others very difficult, if not impossible.

The Hayling branch of the Macular Disease Society now has volunteer trainers available to teach eccentric viewing and steady eye – techniques which help people to make the best use of their remaining vision.

The practical skills are taught on a one-to-one basis free of charge and can help people to make better use of their remaining peripheral vision, enabling people to complete tasks which they previously found extremely difficult.

The training will be available to people affected by macular disease in the Hayling Island area.

For more information on learning the techniques, call the Macular Disease Society’s Helpline on 0300 3030 111 or email help@maculardisease.org or go to maculardisease.org.