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SIGHT-SAVING research was outlined to a record meeting of a Bognor Regis support group.

 

Macular Society fundraising manager Julie Edwards told the ten members at the charity’s latest meeting about the progress being made to tackle macular degeneration.

 

Her updates included news about work to replace injections in affected eyes to preserve sight with drops and implants with the medicines inside to last for up to a year.

 

Scientists are also working on stem cell transplants from human skin to replace the part of the retina damaged by the condition and which destroys central vision.

 

“This could be a very good treatment in due course to bring back sight for for people whose sight has started to deteriorate. It’s a good few years off yet but it’s a very significant development and exciting development,” she said.

 

The society also funded research to help people who had macular degeneration. One aspect of this work considered Charles Bonnet Syndrome, which causes hallucinations.

 

Investigations were going on as well into the tiny changes in a person’s eye before they developed the dry version of macular degeneration, she added.

 

The turnout was the best since the group was set up in mid-2016. It meets from 10.30am-12.30pm on the second Thursday monthly at 4Sight Vision Support, Victoria Drive, Bognor Regis.

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