BBC News: NHS pressures ‘put medical breakthroughs at risk’

8 January 2020
Source: BBC News

Future medical advances are at risk because NHS pressures are hampering the ability of staff to take part in vital research, leading academics say. The Academy of Medical Sciences said the number of doctors involved in research had fallen, while budgets had been frozen. It said despite shortages of staff on the front line, more priority still needed to be

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NIHR Signal: A patch or eye drops are similarly effective for the treatment of “lazy eye” in children

30 December 2019
Source: NIHR Signal

Both the use of a patch or atropine eye drops are equally suitable methods for improving clarity of vision (visual acuity) in children and young adults with amblyopia (a “lazy eye”). Amblyopia is a cause of poor vision in childhood that usually affects only one eye, resulting in the individual relying more on the good eye. The standard methods of

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ARU: Poor sight causes people to overstep the mark

18 December 2019
Source: Anglia Ruskin University

Visually-impaired risk falling by stepping higher and more slowly over objects People with vision impairment are more cautious when stepping over obstacles when walking – but increase their risk of falls, according to a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports. Researchers at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) asked participants with simulated blurred vision to negotiate a 10cm-high obstacle on

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Blind Veterans UK, Oxford University, and Circadian Therapeutics are seeking vision-impaired individuals between 18 – 70 years to participate in a research project exploring experiences of sleep and daily rhythm disruption

29 November 2019
Source: Blind Veterans UK

Participants will be asked to complete a questionnaire (online or by phone) to understand more about vision status, health, and sleep. The questionnaire will also assess eligibility to participate in Part 2 of the research study: including 4-weeks of at-home sleep and daily rhythm monitoring, followed by a 2-night stay at the Blind Veterans UK Centre in Brighton to measure

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Retina UK: Latest update from ReNeuron stem cell trial

18 November 2019
Source: Retina UK

ReNeuron has announced an encouraging update on the progress of its Phase 1/2 trial of a stem cell-based therapy for retinitis pigmentosa, describing the most recent results as a “clear signal of efficacy”. Most of the 22 trial participants demonstrated improved visual acuity in their treated eye, reading anywhere between 5 and 11 more letters on an eye chart three

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Science Direct: Time outdoors and the prevention of myopia

8 October 2019
Source: Science Direct.

Amanda N.Frencha, Regan S,.Ashby, Ian G.Morgan, Kathryn A.Rose Highlights •  Children who spend more time outdoors are less likely to become myopic. •  This protection appears to be due to time outdoors, rather than engagement in sport. •  Effect sizes suggest that more time outdoors could reduce myopia in children. •  Dopamine release may be stimulated by bright outdoor light,

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Direction of Vision UK 2019

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19 September 2019
Source: Vision UK

Following on from the Vision UK Leadership Panel meeting held in May 2019 and comments from the members, the direction of Vision UK document has been reviewed and amended. The direction of the future work of Vision UK is the continued development of the infrastructure organisation to better facilitate and encourage partnership and collaborative work, while allowing and encouraging members

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Action Against AMD (AAAMD) partners with leading organisations and the UK Government to establish the Health Data Research Hub for Eye Health

13 September 2019
Source: AAAMD

AAAMD is a partner in INSIGHT – Health Data Research Hub for Eye Health. INSIGHT is one of the seven pioneering data research centres to enable cutting-edge research and innovation to benefit UK patients. There is an increasing demand for ‘big data’ to enable innovation in health technologies and improve patient care. INSIGHT creates an NHS-academic-industry partnership to make anonymised

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BBC News: Gene therapy for rare eye disease set to be offered on NHS

4 September 2019
Source: BBC News

Patients with a rare inherited eye disorder are set to be able to access a new gene therapy on the NHS which slows down sight loss. Draft NICE guidance recommends the therapy (Luxturna) to treat inherited retinal dystrophies. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence estimates just under 90 people in England will be eligible for the treatment. Drug

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