New findings show macular disease is leading cause of sight-loss in the UK

1 March 2011

• Only 5% of UK adults say they can name the symptoms of macular disease • Majority most worried about becoming dependent on family if they went blind New research by the Macular Disease Society shows that more than half a million people in the UK have late-stage macular degeneration, confirming it as the UK’s leading cause of sight loss.

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BLIND PEOPLE WELCOME PROPOSALS ON PAVEMENT PARKING

1 March 2011

The National Federation of the Blind welcomes the announcement by Norman Baker, Minister for Transport, aimed at stopping vehicles from parking on pavements. For 30 years the Federation has campaigned to stop vehicles from indiscriminately parking on pavements, as they create obstacles for blind and partially sighted people, causing them to walk on the roadway. Additionally, thousands of accidents are

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FIGHT FOR SIGHT AWARDS £700,000 FOR PHD RESEARCH GRANTS

1 March 2011

Fight for Sight has awarded seven new PhD studentships totalling £697,350 for research into age-related macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, congenital cataract, amblyopia, keratoconus and trachoma. The studentships are highly competitive and from the 43 applications received, seven grants were awarded. The recipients are based at universities and institutions across the UK including King’s College London, Queen’s University Belfast,

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VISION 2020 UK Initiative led by the UK Vision Strategy Team: Engagement, Partnership, Information, Communication (EPIC) Project – Invitation for round three applications

18 February 2011

The UK Vision Strategy EPIC project is now inviting applications from across England to take part in the final round of the EPIC Project. The EPIC Project is Department of Health funded and supports the aims of the UK Vision Strategy. The UK Vision Strategy seeks a major transformation in the UK’s eye health, eye care and sight loss services,

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EU agrees new rights to benefit disabled and older bus passengers

15 February 2011

The missing link on passengers’ rights under EU law was finally put in place in Strasbourg on Tuesday when the European Parliament adopted new rules laying down greater rights for bus and coach passengers. After two years of tricky negotiations, Parliament and the Member States have agreed on rules covering all long-distance scheduled services (250 kilometres or more), whether national

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Thomas Pocklington Trust Press Release: Lighting Experts set new research challenge – lighting for different forms of sight loss

14 February 2011

Lighting has already been proven to help people with sight loss make the most of limited vision. Now a further challenge exists – discovering what specific lighting works best for different forms of sight loss. In a new paper, Matching lighting to sight loss, published today by Thomas Pocklington Trust, seven key research questions are posed which would fill in

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Optimum VI project: National Project on the Early Development and Effects of Early Intervention on babies with a visual impairment

2 February 2011

This is the first major national research study of its kind into the early development and support of babies with a visual impairment. The findings are likely to have significant implications for our understanding of the vision and development in babies and young children with a visual impairment and of the most effective means of assisting babies and young children

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RNIB Media Release: Government is failing its own fairness test say UK sight loss charities

31 January 2011

Key measures in the flagship Welfare Reform Bill represent a major assault on the incomes and independence of working age blind, partially sighted and other disabled people. This is the finding of the ‘More Than Meets the Eye’ report, published on Friday 28 January by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) on behalf of seven sight loss charities

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Opportunity to Question Andrew Lansley (Health Secretary) on the White Paper Reforms

18 January 2011

You may well be aware that the R4 PM programme will be interviewing Andrew Lansley (Health Secretary) every evening this week on different aspects of the Government’s Health Service reforms. On Friday 21st January, Eddie Mair will be putting questions from the public to Andrew and this may be a good opportunity for you to use the Friday session to

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