International team delivers research breakthrough for leading cause of blindness

7 February 2020
Source: Queen Mary University of London

Researchers have identified a new protein linked to age-related macular degeneration (AMD) that could offer new hope for the diagnosis and treatment of the disease, which affects over 600,000 people in the UK alone. The research team, made up of scientists from Queen Mary University of London, the University of Manchester, Cardiff University, and Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, found

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Researchers to use cutting-edge technology to investigate genetic links in age-related macular degeneration

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20 January 2020
Source: Fight for Sight

Eye research charity Fight for Sight is funding researchers from the University of Manchester to investigate the genetic risk of the UK’s leading cause of blindness, age-related macular degeneration. Researchers led by Dr Rachel Taylor will use a combination of cutting-edge technologies – including molecular ‘tools’ from bacteria – to analyse the impact of gene changes identified in families where

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Macular Society receives £120,000 Lottery grant for Scotland

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17 January 2020
Source: Macular Society

Leading sight loss charity the Macular Society is set to expand its services in Scotland after receiving a £120,000 grant from the National Lottery. The Society has been awarded the funding from The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland to help it provide practical and emotional support to people with macular disease all over the country for the next three years.

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Sight loss training for BlindAid staff

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7 January 2020
Source: Macular Society

Staff from BlindAid have undergone specialist training to enable them to teach people with partial sight how to use their remaining vision effectively. Sixteen colleagues from BlindAid took part in a two-day training session organised by leading sight loss charity the Macular Society. The course, delivered by the Society in partnership with low-vision specialist Optima, was designed to equip delegates

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Macular Society launches new Working Age and Young People’s Service

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6 December 2019
Source: Macular Society

Leading national sight loss charity the Macular Society has launched a dedicated new service for younger and working age people with macular disease. The Working Age and Young People’s Service has been set up to provide a comprehensive range of support, specially tailored to meet the needs of younger people with sight loss and their families. Through the new service,

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Lack of awareness and treatment delays put people with wet macular degeneration at risk of avoidable sight loss, new study finds

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31 October 2019
Source: Macular Society

Healthcare professionals and the general public still lack awareness of the most common form of sight loss in the UK, a new study has found. The study, published this week in BMJ Open Ophthalmology, highlighted delays in diagnosing people with macular disease due to both patients and professionals being unaware of the significance of the symptoms. It also showed that

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Fight for Sight to take part in ICAP Charity Day and launch the ICAP Global Challenge Fund

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18 October 2019
Source: Fight for Sight

Fight for Sight is delighted to be among 26 charities that have been selected by ICAP to take part in their huge global fundraising initiative. On 10 December 2019, ICAP and its brokers will donate 100% of their global revenue and commission to the charities taking part. Last year on this day the company raised an incredible £4.5m across their

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Call for opticians to offer lifestyle prescriptions

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23 September 2019
Source: Eye Health UK

Eye Health UK [1] is calling on opticians to include lifestyle advice on their optical prescriptions in a bid to cut the number of people in the UK living with avoidable sight loss. The appeal, which coincides with the launch of National Eye Health Week (23 – 29 September), has already received backing from the UK’s biggest optical group and

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