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Breaking news for AMD research

The first patients to receive a new treatment derived from stem cells for people with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) have regained enough vision to be able to read. The study is a major milestone for the London Project to Cure Blindness, which was funded by the Macular Society in 2008.

The two patients who underwent the procedure, a woman in her early 60s and a man in his 80s, had wet AMD and declining vision.

The study investigated whether the diseased cells at the back the patients’ affected eye could be replenished using the stem cell based patch. A specially engineered surgical tool was used to insert the patch under the retina in the affected eye of each patient in an operation lasting one to two hours. For more information contact the Macular Society on: 0300 3030 111.


RNIB Living with sight loss course

– Have you or a family member been diagnosed with sight loss?
– Would you like to share experiences with other people in similar situations?
– Are you interested in finding out about services available to you?

Our free, informal, community-based courses and phone groups provide information, advice, support and practical solutions for people adjusting to sight loss and those close to them.

We aim to help you adjust to your sight condition, increase your independence and boost your confidence. You’ll get the chance to meet and share experiences with others in similar situations.

Sessions include:

– Welfare rights
– Getting out and about
– Tips and gadgets for everyday living
– Assistive technology – computers, tablets, phones
– Eye health
– Wellbeing
– Leisure, hobbies and interests

Plus, you’ll hear about a range of organisations and local groups about services out there to help you.

It’s taking place on Thursday 7 and Thursday 14 June 2018, 10.00am to 3.30pm at Oxfordshire Association for the Blind, Bradbury Lodge, Gordon Woodward Way, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 4XL

You are welcome to bring along a family member or friend with you.

Book your free place today!

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