Understanding the cause of irreversible blindness in East Africa

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10 April 2019
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Research into a common eye condition in East Africa which causes irreversible vision loss is receiving vital funding from the eye research charity Fight for Sight, in partnership with The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth). Researchers aim to develop effective treatments for a condition known as Tanzanian Endemic Optic Neuropathy (TEON) based on the results from this study. Forty thousand

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Charity raises awareness of corneal shortage after poll shows eyes are the organ Brits are least likely to donate

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3 April 2019
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Eye research charity Fight for Sight is raising awareness of the importance of eye donation and the current shortfall in corneas for transplant[1], after research found that eyes are the organ Brits would be the least likely to donate after their death, when asked to choose from a list.[2] In a YouGov poll, a staggering 44% of GB adults declared

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Fight for Sight: Research to improve survival rates for patients with eye cancer

15 March 2019
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Fight for Sight is this week announcing research to identify new treatments that could improve survival rates for an eye cancer called uveal melanoma. Researchers from the University of Liverpool will be analysing tumour samples to gain a better understanding about the role of mutation in a gene known as BAP1 in the development of uveal melanoma. The underlying changes

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News about Fight for Sight’s Chief Executive

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10 March 2019
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Message from Nigel Pantling, Chair of Trustees: Michele Acton, our Chief Executive, will be leaving Fight for Sight in early May 2019 to take up the position of CEO of the Royal Society of Medicine. Since Michele joined Fight for Sight in 2006 she has moved the charity from being an established but specialised charity focussed on supporting research at

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Understanding symptoms associated with eyelid spasms

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21 February 2019
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Fight for Sight and the Dystonia Society are funding researchers from Cardiff University to identify the symptoms associated with blepharospasm, the involuntary tight closure of the eyelids. The Cardiff researchers, led by Dr Kathryn Peall, will investigate whether other non-movement symptoms such as changes to mood, sleep disturbances and information processing difficulties are associated with the disorder, and whether these

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New method to improve diagnostics and treatment for corneal dystrophy

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12 February 2019
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The results from a Fight for Sight funded study pave the way for early diagnosis of a corneal eye condition, as well as aiding the development of new targeted treatments. The study published in ‘Genetics in Medicine’ last week used an innovative method to sequence the gene mutation responsible for more than three quarters of cases of an eye condition

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Research to understand the role of nerve damage in keratoconus

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25 January 2019
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Fight for Sight has today announced funding for research to investigate the causes of keratoconus. The condition, which usually affects young people, results in progressive damage to the cornea – the window at the front of the eye – and has a profound impact on vision and quality of life. Dr Mouhamed Al-Aqaba and his team of researchers at Nottingham

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Breakthrough in identifying new genes in age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness.

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18 January 2019
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Fight for Sight funded research published this week in ‘Clinical Epigenetics’, has identified new genes linked to the development of age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the UK. The research team, led by Dr Louise Porter at the University of Liverpool, have identified genes that may represent new targets for the development of treatments. Currently there is

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Researchers investigate the benefits of supplements for thyroid eye disease

11 January 2019
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Fight for Sight and the Thyroid Eye Disease Charitable Trust are funding research to establish the benefits of using a type of oral supplement for UK patients with thyroid eye disease, which affects around 300,000 people in the UK. Researchers from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust will recruit 110 patients with the condition who will be randomly selected to receive selenium

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Just £5 to achieve your New Year’s resolution – tap into our January discount for challenge events

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1 January 2019
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If you have joined thousands of others in making a News Year’s Resolution to get fit or simply want a challenge, then look no further – Fight for Sight is offering an 80% reduction in registration fee for an exciting range of challenge events during 2019. For just £5 you can register for fantastic events including Vitality Big Half on

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