Skills for Seeing

Our Skills for Seeing service offers people affected by macular degeneration in Hull and East Yorkshire area the chance to learn new skills for seeing that can help maintain their independence. Techniques are taught which can help people to make better use of their remaining peripheral vision.

Age-related macular degeneration affects the central vision and is the most common cause of sight loss in the UK. There are many other types of central vision loss, including juvenile macular dystrophies.

Those affected by macular degeneration can find everyday tasks such as cooking, walking, reading watching television and recognizing the faces of others very difficult if not impossible.
The Practical Skills are taught on a one to one basis free of charge and can help people make the most of their remaining peripheral vision, enabling them to complete tasks which they previously found extremely difficult.

Alison Stannard, HERIB’s Services Manager said: “Skills for seeing training offers great potential to help those with macular degeneration maintain their independence. People who have benefited from the techniques report improvements in everyday tasks such as mobility, sewing, food preparation as well as reading and recognizing faces.”

“Skills for seeing training has the ability to be of real benefit for those affected by macular degeneration. This is a great chance for people to learn new skills that can help. We want people to know that losing central vision needn’t mean losing control their life.”

“We need people to get in contact with us and then we can provide more information on how they can receive the free tuition. Offering skills for seeing training represents an excellent opportunity for us to be able to help local people with central vision loss.”

“We recognize the potential of skills for seeing techniques and are keen to discover the positive impact learning them will have on the lives of people in Hull and East Yorkshire.”

The Macular Society was set up more than 25 years ago to support people with central vision loss, offering information, advise and funding research to find a cure.

For more information on learning the techniques, call Macular Society’s Helpline on 0300 3030 111 or email