Extra support for eye patients in Diss area

A national charity is offering people affected by an eye disease in the Diss area the chance to learn skills that can help maintain their independence.

The Macular Disease Society has recruited volunteer trainers in the area to help patients macular degeneration and juvenile macular dystrophies. The disease affects the central vision and is the biggest cause of sight loss in the UK.

The trainers teach practical skills on a one-to-one basis free of charge and can help people to make better use of their remaining peripheral vision.

One of the volunteers is Ella Chubbock, 20, of Tivetshall St Margaret, near Diss, who was diagnosed with the condition four years ago.

'I am really excited to be able to offer eccentric viewing and steady eye training. Having macular disease myself, I know first hand how these techniques can have a positive impact and make life easier,' she said.

Cleon Hutton, Macular Disease Society revision manager, said: 'This is a great opportunity for people to learn a new skill that can help them in their daily lives.'

For more information, call 0845 241 2041 or email help@maculardisease.org