Sight loss charity urgently appeals for government support amid coronavirus crisis

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2 April 2020
Source: Macular Society

A charity supporting elderly people with macular disease is one of many urgently appealing to the Chancellor to provide financial support during the coronavirus crisis. The Macular Society, which provides practical and emotional support to tens of thousands of people with the most common form of blindness in the UK, says its income is threatened but it cannot abandon its

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Macular Society Awards for Excellence 2020 – nominations open

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9 March 2020
Source: Macular Society

Nominations are now open for this year’s Awards for Excellence. Running for a 12th year the awards are our chance to recognise and reward the amazing work that goes into providing services and care for people with macular disease and the dedication of the volunteers who make our work possible. Pat Clemow was one of the winners at last year’s

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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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College of Optometrists, Podcast: Professor Pete Coffey on the London Project to Cure Blindness

8 July 2019
Source: College of Optometrists

The Latest podcast from the College of Optometrists features Professor Pete Coffey on the London Project to Cure Blindness. During the podcast he talks about the future developments of stem cell research and describes the process.  Listen to the podcast here: https://www.college-optometrists.org/the-college/podcasts.html  The project: The aim in this project is to replace damaged and diseased retinal cells that lead to

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Investigating the influence of a protein in the development of age-related macular degeneration

3 July 2019
Source: Fight for Sight

Fight for Sight is announcing funding for researchers from the University of Manchester who aim to investigate the role of a protein in the development of age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the UK. The protein is known normally to protect membranes and tissues around the body but its recent discovery on a special membrane (Bruch’s membrane)

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AOP launches ‘Stub it out’ encouraging smokers to stop putting their sight at risk

2 July 2019
Source: Association of Optometrists

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) is today warning that millions of smokers in the UK are putting themselves at increased risk of blindness or sight impairment by continuing with the habit. This comes as almost all (96%) optometrists surveyed as part of the AOP’s annual Voice of Optometry panel say they examine a patient every month who has eye disease

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More research is needed to stop macular disease in its tracks

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25 June 2019
Source: Macular Society

National sight loss charity the Macular Society says the only way to stop hundreds of thousands of people losing their sight is to fund much more research. The charity, which is this week marking its fifth annual awareness week, has highlighted the small amount of money going into macular research, despite the number of people affected by the condition. Macular

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Fight for Sight: Boosting natural repair processes could be an alternative treatment in age related macular degeneration

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19 June 2019
Source: Fight for Sight

Fight for Sight has announced funding for scientists at Queen’s University Belfast who hope to boost the capacity for damaged tiny blood vessels in the back of the eye to repair themselves – prevent or slow down sight loss for patients with age-related macular degeneration. The research, led by Professor Alan Stitt, Dr Reinhold Medina and Dr Imre Lengyel at

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Understanding how immune cells cause scarring in wet age-related macular degeneration

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31 May 2019
Source: Fight for Sight

A study funded by research charity Fight for Sight aims to understand the role that our own immune cells play in the development of macular scarring. This scarring can cause irreversible sight loss in more than half of patients with the wet form of age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD), the leading cause of sight loss in the UK. The knowledge

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Macular Society launches second training course for eye care professionals

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10 May 2019
Source: Macular Society

Leading sight loss charity the Macular Society has given a boost to eye care professionals wanting to learn more about macular disease by launching a brand-new free course to its online training package. ‘The emotional impact of a diagnosis of AMD’ is the second course it has made available through the web-based training programme. Alongside the first course, ‘An Introduction

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