Research published in Molecular Therapy develops a gene therapy approach for glaucoma in the lab

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25 March 2020
Source: Fight for Sight

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness for which there is currently no cure. In a lab setting, the researcher used a gene-editing technique called CRISPR to alter genetic information when transferred into eye cells using a harmless virus. By switching off a gene called aquaporin 1, researchers found that the gene therapy prevented the build-up of fluid –

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Special eye tests could identify which people living with dementia are most at risk of a fall

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12 March 2020
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New research, jointly-funded by Fight for Sight, has found that special eye tests could help identify which people living with dementia struggle most with judging distances, which is known to increase the risk of falling. It is hoped that the findings will help people with dementia to get the most accurate result for depth perception tests, and in turn for

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New gene therapy could lead the way for possible treatment for Stargardt disease

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10 February 2020
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A leading Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Oxford has shared the details of his research which could pave the way for a new treatment for sight loss condition Stargardt disease. In the latest episode of eye research charity Fight for Sight’s podcast Eye Research Matters, Professor Robert MacLaren discusses his pioneering research into using gene therapy to treat

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AOP Voice of Optometry survey opens with new charity incentive

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6 February 2020
Source: Association of Optometrists

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) has lauched the fourth Voice of Optometry survey – an annual questionnaire that raises the profile of optometry and eye health. Optical professionals are given a unique opportunity to share their views and experiences of working in the sector. Results are then used by the AOP to promote positive stories in the media that increase

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Fight for Sight calls for new round of applications for its PhD Studentship Awards with research partners

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6 February 2020
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Eye research charity Fight for Sight is encouraging potential PhD supervisors to apply for their PhD Studentship Awards, offering up to £100,000 each. This year, Fight for Sight is pleased to partner with Versus Arthritis to fund a project addressing arthritis and visual impairment. Fight for Sight and the Masonic Charitable Foundation are pleased to continue their joint funding on

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Fight for Sight survey on personal impact of sight loss is now live

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24 January 2020
Source: Fight for Sight

Leading eye research charity Fight for Sight has launched a survey to gather broader insights into the personal impact of sight loss and eye conditions. The charity is inviting those affected by sight loss – either personally or indirectly via someone they care for – to participate in the survey and strengthen the case for urgently needed eye research funding.

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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
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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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Fight for Sight Launches ‘20 Voices’ Campaign to Highlight Personal Impact of Sight Loss

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14 January 2020
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Eye research charity Fight for Sight is today launching the ’20 voices for 2020′ campaign, sharing the stories of 20 people whose lives have been impacted by sight loss. The campaign hopes to raise awareness of the personal impact of sight loss in the UK and the possibilities of science to make a difference. Fifteen-year-old Rose Roberts is lending her

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Urgent Action on Blindness Needed in 2020, as Charity Convenes Leading Ophthalmologists to Highlight the Research Funding Gap

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7 January 2020
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Leading eye research charity Fight for Sight has convened the UK’s leading ophthalmologists to draw attention to the ‘1:20 funding gap’. Twelve leaders in the field have signed up to a public letter which is published in today’s Guardian (7 January 2020), calling on the new government to develop a national plan on sight loss that will ensure eye research

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Research identifies new grading system to predict future vision of children with infantile nystagmus

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19 December 2019
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Fight for Sight-funded researchers from the University of Leicester have identified a new way of predicting the future vision of children with infantile nystagmus. The research, published in the journal Ophthalmology[1] has developed a grading system for retinal development in infants and young children with the condition, providing an important tool for ophthalmologists to determine their future vision. This new

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