News about Fight for Sight’s Chief Executive

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10 March 2019
Source: Fight for Sight

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
Source: Retina UK

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
Source: Fight for Sight

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
Source: Fight for Sight

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
Source: Fight for Sight

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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Sight Loss Data Tool version 4

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21 January 2019
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. For the Data Tool please go to: Sight Loss Data Tool Version 4 The RNIB’s Sight Loss Data Tool is the UK’s biggest collection of eye health datasets. It collates a wide range of publically available

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National Eye Health Week 2018: Research funding will use iPads to identify the best method to manage nystagmus

28 September 2018
Source: Fight for Sight and Nystagmus Network

Fight for Sight and The Nystagmus Network have announced funding for three exciting nystagmus research projects at the Nystagmus Network Conference, which is taking place today during National Eye Health Week 2018. In total £30,000 in funding will be used for projects bringing benefits to children and adults living with the condition, which is characterised by involuntary and repetitive movements

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College of Optometrists publishes its Research Strategy 2018-2020

24 August 2018
Source: College of Optometrists

The College of Optometrists work in the area of research is guided by the Research Strategic Objectives and the processes in this Strategy. It has the overall aim of ensuring that the profession of optometry, and the practice of college of Optometrists members, is supported by evidence that members can understand. The College of Optometrists is the professional body for

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Evening Standard: Research project growing eye parts from skin cells could lead to cure for blindness

21 August 2018
Source: Evening Standard

Doctors are growing eye parts from skin cells in pioneering research that is seeking a cure for rare genetic causes of blindness. Experts at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology have been able to transform a skin sample the size of a lentil into an “eye cup”, akin to the eye’s early development in the womb. Because the eye cups contain

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Therapeutic Advances in Ophthalmology: Special Collection on the Future of Ophthalmology: Novel Tools and Emerging Therapies

20 August 2018
Source: Therapeutic Advances in Ophthalmology

This Special Collection highlights the novel imaging, diagnostic and research tools and devices in ophthalmology, as well as recent therapeutic progress. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: • Novel imaging and other diagnostic technologies • Intraocular medical devices • Progress in gene therapy • Regenerative medicine • Bioinformatics • Novel therapeutic targets, pharmacological and cellular treatments Following initial

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