Sight loss open day events to be held across Aberdeenshire

By bellmannews / September 13, 2022

A leading charity will be raising awareness of the most common cause of sight loss in the UK with a week’s worth of events in Aberdeenshire later this month.

The Macular Society is collaborating with a number of sight and hearing loss organisations that have come together to spread the word of help and support on hand to people with a sight or hearing loss across the county.

There are five dates planned for September at the following venues between 10am-12pm. Residents can drop in at any time and you do not need to book a place – just come along on the day.

  • Tuesday, 20 September, Inverurie (West Parish Church Hall)
  • Wednesday, 21 September, Banchory (Ternan West Parish Church Centenary Hall)
  • Thursday, 22 September, Stonehaven (Town Hall)
  • Friday, 23 September, Mintlaw (Macbi Community Hub)
  • Monday, 26 September, Banff (Deveron Community & Sports Centre)

The information events coincide with National Eye Health Week (19-25 September), though the drop-in information day at Banff has been moved from Monday, 19 September as the country marks the funeral of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

The events will offer information about age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It will also highlight the wide range of support available to people living in the local area with AMD and other sight or hearing issues.

On the day, members of the Macular Society’s local support group will be on hand to talk to residents about the group’s activities, how it helps people with macular conditions living locally and additional support available in the area for people with vision loss.

Carolynne Fishburn, Rehabilitation Worker with the Visual Impairment Team of Aberdeenshire Council, said, “We know that it can be difficult to get information about the help and support that is available. The last couple of years have made this even harder, so we are delighted that these events are taking place and we hope that we have a really good turnout at each location from people with a sight or hearing loss and their families. We welcome anyone with an interest in sight and hearing loss.”

Macular disease is the biggest cause of sight loss in the UK. Nearly 1.5 million people are currently affected and many more are at risk. The disease can have a devastating effect on people’s lives, leaving them unable to drive, read or see faces. Many people affected describe losing their sight as being similar to bereavement. There is still no cure and most types of the disease are not treatable. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common form of macular disease, affecting more than 600,000 people, usually over the age of 50.

For more information on your Macular Society Support Groups across Abderdeenshire, please contact Macular Society Senior Regional Manager for Scotland, Laura Gray, on 07948 352 967 or email

For general information on macular disease, call the Macular Society on 0300 3030 111 or email