Fight for Sight research could see an end to eye injections for patients with macular degeneration

24 June 2018
Source: Fight for Sight

Eye research charity Fight for Sight has today announced funding for a research project that could help see an end to eye injections for patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The charity, which has made the announcement at the start of Macular Week 2018, will be funding researchers at the Universities of Birmingham and Bristol to develop medicines that

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IAPB: New smartphone app aims to improve cataract surgical outcomes

21 June 2018

A global consortium of leading eye health organisations today (18/06/18) launched a new app to help improve cataract surgical outcomes, especially for people in developing countries. BOOST (Better Operative Outcomes Software Tool), a simple, free and easy-to-use app to help surgeons monitor and improve cataract surgical outcomes, has been launched at the World Ophthalmology Congress in Barcelona. Un-operated cataract is

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Government Digital Service: Creating the UK government’s accessibility empathy lab

20 June 2018

Across the UK Government accessibility should be a part of everything GDS make and they design. The GDS’ sixth design principle reflects its importance – “accessible design is good design”. What is an accessibility empathy lab? GDS were inspired in part by Facebook’s empathy lab which shows how people with impairments may interact with Facebook using assistive technology. However, when

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Acid attack victim may regain sight after stem cell operation 24 years after being blinded by thugs

19 June 2018
Source: Evening Standard/Moorfields Eye Hospital

The victim of an agonising corrosive attack has been given hope his sight can be restored after 24 years, thanks to a stem cell procedure at a pioneering London hospital. James O’Brien was 18 when he had ammonia sprayed in his face, blinding him in the right eye. Doctors at Moorfields Eye Hospital have learned how to take stem cells

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Aston to help improve care for the elderly with poor vision and hearing

18 June 2018
Source: Aston University

New project will help social and healthcare workers improve how to support elderly people  with sensory impairment An Aston University researcher is playing a key role in a new project that will help healthcare workers improve how they care for elderly people with poor vision and/or hearing. The project aims to create a European academy that will design, develop, collect

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SeeAbility releases new film for Learning Disability week

18 June 2018
Source: SeeAbility

The national disability charity aims to encourage people with learning disabilities to look after their eyes and have regular sight tests, and eye care professionals to make reasonable adjustments so that people get the care they need. The theme for Learning Disability Week 2018 is health, and SeeAbility’s new film is about Leanne, a young woman with Down’s syndrome and

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IAPB: Global eyecare community unveil agreement for use of eye tissue

15 June 2018
Source: IAPB

  Press Release Barcelona Thursday 14th June 2018: Yesterday, IAPB unveiled the world’s first global Agreement on the use of donated human tissue for ocular transplantation, research, and future technologies. Named Barcelona Principles, the launch took place at an event hosted by Agreement Partners – including the IAPB, and local hosts – Centro de Barraquer Ophthalmology Centre and Barcelona Tissue Bank.) in the presence of representatives of the Catalan Government. See the

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University of Bristol and Cardiff University: Study finds spending more time in education causes myopia (short-sight)

15 June 2018
Source: University of Bristol

Myopia, or short-sight, is one of leading causes of visual disability in the world. The global prevalence is rising rapidly and has reached epidemic levels in the developed countries of East and Southeast Asia. Now a new study, led by the University of Bristol, has shed some light on why the length of time spent in education is a causal

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NHS pressures and care market failures across country means short-term funding must continue, ADASS budget survey reveals

15 June 2018

Despite a welcome injection of short-term funding into the sector, adult social care across the country face care market failures, reduced investment in prevention, and the knock-on effects from NHS pressures – such as an increased focus on people delayed in hospital, and a reduction in NHS spend on continuing health care – the Association for the Directors of Adult

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