AOP appoints new Chief Executive

7 March 2013

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) has announced the appointment of Henrietta Alderman as the new Chief Executive of the AOP. She will take up the position in the summer. Ms Alderman joins the AOP from the British Veterinary Association (BVA), where she has held the role of secretary general since 2007. Having joined the BVA in 2001, Ms Alderman’s experience

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Speakers announced for Vision UK 2013 Conference

6 March 2013

A number of speakers have now been confirmed for the Vision UK 2013 conference on 11 June, and include a host of UK experts in eye health, social care and sight loss, along with directors of leading sight loss charities. Peng Tee Khaw, Professor and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, and Director of the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital

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Weekly Update for VISION 2020 UK subscribers 06/03/2013

5 March 2013

Welcome to the Weekly Update for VISION 2020 UK subscribers 06/03/2013 News Agreed Sight Loss Statistics document For the full story please go to: http://tinyurl.com/b7bdnrb Guide Dogs thank MPs for speaking in support of their Dog Attacks campaign at a recent Westminster debate For the full story please go to: http://tinyurl.com/ajoy3th RNIB: Sight loss magazine for professionals is now free

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Fight for Sight: New Developments in Cataract Research

5 March 2013

Professor Barbara Pierscionek from Kingston University, who is currently the recipient of a Fight for Sight project grant, has been conducting research into the way proteins are distributed in the lens of the eye. Professor Pierscionek and her colleagues have found that the way the proteins are distributed may cause the gradient of the lens to be stepped rather than

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Health Services Journal: A look at the advantages of community eyecare pathways

5 March 2013

Community-based eyecare pathways like those in Sheffield and Stockport save money, add value to GP services and benefit patients, writes Katrina Venerus. In January Rob Webster, the chief executive at Leeds Healthcare Trust, made a rallying cry for community care, arguing it should be the NHS’s first option. Community-based diagnosis and care can and does save money. It adds value

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Google launches Sign Language interpreter app for hangouts and adds accessibility features to Gmail, Drive and Chrome

5 March 2013

At the CSUN International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference this week, Google announced that it has added a number of accessibility features to Chrome, Chrome OS, Gmail and Google Drive that should make using Google suites of web apps a bit easier to use for blind and low-vision users. In addition, Google also launched a new sign language interpreter

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Nystagmus Network: Baggies can win footie footwear or goalie gloves and help sight charity

5 March 2013

Signed boots and gloves are the prizes for three lucky West Bromwich Albion supporters in Steven Reid’s latest Twitter fundraising venture. The kit has kindly been given by Jonas Olsson, Ben Foster and Steven to help Nystagmus Network, the charity which supports families and adults with the same eye condition as Steven’s young son. To be in with a chance

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Research shows why dry AMD may be more common in women

5 March 2013

For the first time scientists believe they may have identified a reason more women than men develop dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Scientific evidence has shown that genes may play a role in the development of AMD. In particular genes that control the immune system have been shown to influence the likelihood of developing wet AMD. More recently scientists identified

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