Charity Fight for Sight announces strategy to continue the eye research pipeline throughout covid-19 crisis and beyond

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6 April 2020
Source: Fight for Sight

Eye research charity Fight for Sight has announced its latest project funding and its plans for continuing its efforts to advance eye research in the current global health crisis and beyond. The charity is doing everything in its power to maintain business as usual during the Covid-19 pandemic and will continue to award research funding as planned over the next

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Staying informed – organisations that can help during physical distancing

6 April 2020
Source: VICTA

It is a time of rapid change and we are all adapting the way we live and work to follow the national effort against the spread of Coronavirus. For many of us it is a worrying time, so we want to stay in touch and share as much information to help as we can. Go to the VICTA website to

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Qualifying age range for Orbit Braille Reader 20 VICTA/RNIB grant scheme has been expanded to 0 to 29 years

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3 April 2020
Source: VICTA

VICTA is currently working in partnership with RNIB on a product grant programme focussed on supporting independent study using technology. If you are registered blind or partially sighted and a UK resident you could be eligible for an Orbit Reader 20 for Braille users, applications are now open to those aged 0 to 29 years. The Orbit Reader 20 is

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Sight loss charity urgently appeals for government support amid coronavirus crisis

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2 April 2020
Source: Macular Society

A charity supporting elderly people with macular disease is one of many urgently appealing to the Chancellor to provide financial support during the coronavirus crisis. The Macular Society, which provides practical and emotional support to tens of thousands of people with the most common form of blindness in the UK, says its income is threatened but it cannot abandon its

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ADASS: Social care provider resilience during COVID-19: guidance to commissioners

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27 March 2020
Source: ADASS

Shared guidance to local authority commissioners from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Care Provider Alliance (CPA). Introduction This guidance note is for local authority commissioners. It is designed to summarise pressures on social care providers arising from COVID-19, and to put forward ways in which commissioners can alleviate these

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DHSC issues guidance on the impact of COVID-19 on research funded or supported by NIHR

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27 March 2020
Source: NIHR

Until further notice, the NIHR Clinical Research Network is pausing the site set up of any new or ongoing studies at NHS and social care sites that are not nationally prioritised COVID-19 studies. This will enable our research workforce to focus on delivering the nationally prioritised COVID-19 studies or enabling redeployment to frontline care where necessary. These studies are enabling

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Message from Optometry Scotland: Ongoing Provision of Essential Eyecare Services

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26 March 2020
Source: Optometry Scotland

Dated 25/03/2020 Last Friday, the Scottish Government offered to maintain the structure and integrity of community eyecare in Scotland by providing each practice with average GOS payments. This was further enhanced by the provision of additional payments for emergency and enhanced services. Last night, SGHD secured the Cabinet Secretary for Health’s agreement in permitting community optometry practices to remain open

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Sight Loss Data Tool Version 4.2

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26 March 2020
Source: RNIB

This data tool provides information about blind and partially sighted people and those at risk of sight loss at a local level throughout the UK. To download the data tool, go to the RNIB website. The RNIB’s Sight Loss Data Tool is the UK’s biggest collection of eye health datasets. It collates a wide range of publicly available datasets and

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Research published in Molecular Therapy develops a gene therapy approach for glaucoma in the lab

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25 March 2020
Source: Fight for Sight

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness for which there is currently no cure. In a lab setting, the researcher used a gene-editing technique called CRISPR to alter genetic information when transferred into eye cells using a harmless virus. By switching off a gene called aquaporin 1, researchers found that the gene therapy prevented the build-up of fluid –

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VICTA science competition with Microsoft and City, University of London

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24 March 2020
Source: VICTA

We are celebrating British Science Week (6-15 March 2020) with the launch of our new app-tastic science competition. Imagine! You are a technology designer who leads a team of people who design and build apps. Your team is excited about many of the recent technology advances that allow you to recognise people, objects and text in the world. What app

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