Members of a Caithness support group enjoyed a talk from a local optician during a recent meeting.

Focusing on age-related macular degeneration

Ian Morris, store director at Specsavers in Wick spoke to the age-related macular degeneration (AMD) Caithness Support Group about the condition, which causes suffers to lose their central vision.

He discussed the history of the condition and potential future treatments. Attendees also had the chance to wear ‘simulation specs’ which recreate different eye conditions, enabling wearers to gain an understanding of the symptoms and warning signs.

Eric Farquhar, chairman of the AMD Caithness Support Group, said: ‘Ian's talk was hugely enjoyed by all attendees.

‘Our support group has been running for over a year. I started the group after realising the nearest one was over 100 miles away.

‘It has two aims - to provide a venue for people with age-related macular degeneration to meet and discuss how they cope with the disease, and to provide a place where we can meet for fun and entertainment along with speakers to update us on medical developments in combating macular disease.’

A common cause of sight loss

Ian added: ‘It was a pleasure to visit the AMD Caithness Support Group and meet with those in the area who are suffering from the condition and their families.

‘Age-related macular degeneration is one of the most common causes of sight loss, so at Specsavers we are passionate about doing what we can to highlight the symptoms.’

Financial support from Wick Town Improvements, Highland Third Sector Interface and Your Cash, Your Caithness, has helped to enable AMD Caithness Support Group to hold regular talks and activities for its members and supports its day-to-day running.

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