‘Organ-on-a-chip’ opens the door to new treatment for glaucoma and other eye diseases

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24 May 2019
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Eye research charity, Fight for Sight, is funding the development of an ‘organ-on-chip’ that for the first time will be used to help investigate glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness. Dr Darryl Overby and Dr Sam Au from Imperial College London, in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Duke University, will build upon the latest bioengineering technology to

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Macular Society launches second training course for eye care professionals

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10 May 2019
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Leading sight loss charity the Macular Society has given a boost to eye care professionals wanting to learn more about macular disease by launching a brand-new free course to its online training package. ‘The emotional impact of a diagnosis of AMD’ is the second course it has made available through the web-based training programme. Alongside the first course, ‘An Introduction

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Nystagmus Network funding leads to discovery of new algorithm

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10 April 2019
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A paper ‘An automated segmentation approach to calibrating infantile nystagmus waveforms’ relating to a research project by members of the Cardiff University team and others, which the Nystagmus Network funded, has been formally published. The report describes an algorithm which takes an eye-tracking recording and automatically separates it into its component parts (quick phases, slow phases and foveations*), allowing several

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Understanding the cause of irreversible blindness in East Africa

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10 April 2019
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Research into a common eye condition in East Africa which causes irreversible vision loss is receiving vital funding from the eye research charity Fight for Sight, in partnership with The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth). Researchers aim to develop effective treatments for a condition known as Tanzanian Endemic Optic Neuropathy (TEON) based on the results from this study. Forty thousand

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Charity raises awareness of corneal shortage after poll shows eyes are the organ Brits are least likely to donate

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3 April 2019
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Eye research charity Fight for Sight is raising awareness of the importance of eye donation and the current shortfall in corneas for transplant[1], after research found that eyes are the organ Brits would be the least likely to donate after their death, when asked to choose from a list.[2] In a YouGov poll, a staggering 44% of GB adults declared

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News about Fight for Sight’s Chief Executive

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10 March 2019
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Message from Nigel Pantling, Chair of Trustees: Michele Acton, our Chief Executive, will be leaving Fight for Sight in early May 2019 to take up the position of CEO of the Royal Society of Medicine. Since Michele joined Fight for Sight in 2006 she has moved the charity from being an established but specialised charity focussed on supporting research at

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New developments in the search for treatments for Stargardt disease

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10 March 2019
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Stargardt disease principally affects central vision, with onset usually occurring during adolescence or young adulthood, and is frequently caused by errors in a gene known as ABCA4. However, in many cases, no faults can be found in the sections of the gene that code for the building block ‘ingredients’ of the ABCA4 protein, meaning that there are no clues to

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Understanding symptoms associated with eyelid spasms

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21 February 2019
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Fight for Sight and the Dystonia Society are funding researchers from Cardiff University to identify the symptoms associated with blepharospasm, the involuntary tight closure of the eyelids. The Cardiff researchers, led by Dr Kathryn Peall, will investigate whether other non-movement symptoms such as changes to mood, sleep disturbances and information processing difficulties are associated with the disorder, and whether these

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New method to improve diagnostics and treatment for corneal dystrophy

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12 February 2019
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The results from a Fight for Sight funded study pave the way for early diagnosis of a corneal eye condition, as well as aiding the development of new targeted treatments. The study published in ‘Genetics in Medicine’ last week used an innovative method to sequence the gene mutation responsible for more than three quarters of cases of an eye condition

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Research to understand the role of nerve damage in keratoconus

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25 January 2019
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Fight for Sight has today announced funding for research to investigate the causes of keratoconus. The condition, which usually affects young people, results in progressive damage to the cornea – the window at the front of the eye – and has a profound impact on vision and quality of life. Dr Mouhamed Al-Aqaba and his team of researchers at Nottingham

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