New sight support group

A SUPPORT group for people affected by visual impairment is being set up in Boston.

The Macular Disease Society (MDS) has organised a monthly group which aims to offer advice, encouragement and friendship to people affected by the condition.

MDS group support and development manager Danny Gleeson said: “When people first get diagnosed they often think they are the only one.

“This group gives them a great opportunity to meet others with the condition and get support.

“It’s good to be able to learn from each others’ experiences and get tips, the peer support is fantastic.”

Age-related macular degeneration is the biggest cause of sightloss in the UK and the disease affects the central vision – there are a number of forms of this type including juvenile macular distrophies.

Sufferer Leonard Sharpe, from Boston, has been attending a group in Lincoln for six years.

He said: “When you are first told you have the condition the bottom falls out of your world.

“Suddenly you can’t drive anymore and daily tasks you used to take for granted become more difficult. Going to a group and having the opportunity to talk to people in a similar position makes all the difference.”

The Macular Disease Society is inviting anyone affected by the condition to join them at the first meeting, taking place on April 16, from 1–3pm, at the Zion Methodist Church, in Brothertoft Road, Boston.