Macular Society

Macular Society

Charity information

Macular Society

We work to overcome macular disease by improving lives today and researching for tomorrow. Macular disease is the most common cause of sight loss in the UK affecting over 500,000 people.

Founded 1987

  • Mission statement

    71,000 people develop macular disease in the UK every year. The condition occurs when a person's macula, the part of the retina at the back of the eye, is damaged, affecting central vision and our ability to focus and see detail. As it progresses people find they are no longer able to read, drive, get about unaided and see the faces of their loved ones.
    Whilst some rarer forms affect younger people, macular disease is mainly a condition associated with getting older. Almost 5% of people in the UK over the age of 65 have the condition.

    Sight loss can have a devastating impact on a person's life, often damaging their independence and confidence. We offer people practical and emotional support that can help them continue to live their lives to the full, and invest in research towards better treatments and ultimately a cure.

    The Macular Society is the only UK charity dedicated to supporting people affected by any form of macular disease.

    Our vision is to achieve a cure for macular disease in the future and ensure excellence in treatment and rehabilitation and support now.

    Our mission is to promote independence, confidence and quality of life for people with macular disease and to support them, their families and their carers.

    We do this by:
    • Informing – raising awareness of the condition and providing practical information, help and support to people affected.
    • Supporting – providing services to people affected by macular disease

  • Aims

    Macular Society aims to:

    • To find a cure and improve the lives of people with macular disease.
  • Overview

    Established: October 1987

    Registered Charity Number: 1001198

    Board members: 17

    Full time staff: 22

    Part time staff: 13

    Volunteers: 1500

    Phone number: 01264 321 984

    Address: PO Box 1870, Andover Hampshire, SP10 9AD

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