An Ayr sight loss group is spreading the word about its support for those affected by the condition.

The Ayr Macular Society Group was set up to support people in South Ayrshire about the condition that can leave people feeling isolated and helpless.

Nearly 1.5million people in the UK are living with macular disease, and often leaves people unable to read, drive or recognise the faces of loved ones.

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Aoife Mooney, regional manager at the Macular Society, told the Advertiser: "We know losing your sight is incredibly challenging. Many people affected describe losing their sight as being similar to bereavement.

"But this group exists to provide information, encouragement and friendship to people who are affected by macular disease and other sight loss conditions, to help them feel less alone.

"It’s been fantastic to welcome back so many familiar faces to support group in recent times, after the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"We know these regular meetings have made such a difference.

"Our friendly group meetings always offer up-to-date information on the latest in treatments and research, as well as hints and tips which can help people retain their independence.

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"We are always welcoming new members and volunteers to join us at our meetings and would love to see you there."

The group's members meet on the last Tuesday of the month between 2pm and 3.30pm at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Fullarton Street, Ayr, KA7 1UB.

Anyone interested in finding out more can call Macular Society regional manager Aoife Mooney on 07586 168 803 or email