23rd May 2017
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The Market Street store donated £1 for every eye test carried out in March to the group, which supports people in the Island with age-related macular degeneration.

Store director Sarah Burchett says: ‘We’re really pleased to be able to donate more than £1,000 to the local support group. More than 1,000 people suffer from some form of macular degeneration in Guernsey and there is currently no cure for the disease. So the group’s work supporting people with the condition is an important part of the community.’

Guernsey Macular Support Group co-founder Bill Gardiner says: ‘We are very grateful for the Specsavers’ support during March. The donation will go towards on-going research and will also allow us to buy an attachment for our public address system, which will improve the sound quality at the charity’s monthly meetings.

The Guernsey Macular Support Group was formed in 2014 to help people suffering from macular conditions by organising talks and giving them the opportunity to meet and socialise with fellow sufferers.

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in the UK. It develops when the part of the eye responsible for central vision is unable to function as effectively as it used to. The vast majority of people with macular degeneration suffer from dry AMD, which tends to progress slowly. Sufferers will not go completely blind as their peripheral vision should not be affected but there is currently no cure for the disease.

For further information about Specsavers Opticians Market Street be sure to check out their feature page here at thebestof Guernsey.

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