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Marita Ferrett

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Kidlington's Macular Support Group


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Introduction


My name is Marita Ferrett and I first became aware of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) when my late mother developed it.

I am now secretary of the Kidlington Macular Support Group, which is run by local people in partnership with leading sight loss charity the Macular Society whose logo is shown above.

AMD affects a person’s central vision. It is the most common type of macular disease and the leading cause of sight loss in the UK, currently affecting more than 600,000 people. As our population ages, increasing numbers of people are being affected.

Loss of Central Vision

Living with AMD is life changing and can severely affect your independence.

Depending on its severity, you may be forced to give up driving. It may affect your ability to read or do any handicraft. Cooking can also become dangerous, and you may even be unable to recognise people when they speak to you. If you were diagnosed with AMD 20 years ago, it was very likely that you’d have been told that there was nothing that could be done for you. Although there is still no cure for macular disease in 2018, it is possible to reduce the rate of its progression and limit its impact through modifying diet and lifestyle. New technology, such as tablets and smartphones, can also help make everyday tasks like reading and watching television easier.


The picture above illustrates loss of central vision

The Macular Society

The Macular Society is the leading charity fighting to end sight loss caused by macular disease.

The Society helps people adapt to life with sight loss, regain their confidence and independence, and take back control of their lives. It funds the research that will one day find a cure. Its work is solely funded by generous donations.

For more information on macular degeneration or services available from the Macular Society, call the charity’s Helpline on 0300 3030 111 or email help@macularsociety.org



Visit the Macular Society online here

We meet in Kidlington

About 15 years ago, a few local people with macular disease got together to form the Kidlington Macular Support Group.

Our aim is to get people living locally who have the condition together once a month. We aim to have a guest speaker who gives advice on sight problems and many other health and welfare issues, but the most popular thing is a cup of tea and a chat. At Christmas, we have a lovely lunch to end the year when everyone goes home with a happy smile on their face. As many of our members would be unable to attend due to transport difficulties, we owe a great deal to Volunteer Connect Transport, based in Banbury, as they provide us with drivers who give their time for free, to help people get to our meetings.

We meet at Frank Cook Court in School Road, on the last Tuesday of each month, at 10.15am. If you are interested in joining our very friendly group, please contact either Tom Wright, group leader, on 01865 376482 or Marita Ferrett on 01865 373104.



A meeting of the Macular Support Group
held at Frank Cook Court, Kidlington.


Marita Ferrett


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