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Councillor hails eye disease support group
12:55pm Tuesday 12th June 2012 in News
A COUNCILLOR who suffers from an eye disease wants to boost the profile of a support group set up to help fellow sufferers.
The Macular Disease Group was set up in Clacton 18 months ago to help people dealing with macular degeneration.
The disease affects people’s eyes and causes them to lose eyesight.
Tendring district councillor Graham Caines, who has macular degeneration said: “When one is diagnosed it is quite a shock, and in my case I knew nothing whatsoever about the disease apart from the fact I was losing some vision.
“Although the NHS do all they can to treat the condition, because of the cuts to the doctors and nursing staff they do not have the time or the facilities to fully explain everything about macular degeneration.”
The Macular Disease Group meets at Sams Hall on Rosemary Road, Clacton, on the fourth Wednesday of every month, 1pm-3pm.
Meetings include visits from experts and discussion on how to make life easier for people with vision impairment.
The next meeting will take place on June 27.
More information is available from Peter Bareham on 01255 430386.