IGA: Coronavirus: Information for glaucoma patients

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31 March 2020
Source: International Glaucoma Association

The coronavirus pandemic is impacting all NHS services, and eye services are no exception. If the situation is causing you stress or anxiety, the IGA is here to support you. They know that as a nation, we need to support the NHS at this time and understand there will be sacrifices, but we also know that this isn’t always easy

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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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UK Ophthalmology Alliance New Publication: Glaucoma Risk & Virtuals

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19 February 2020
Source: UK Ophthalmology Alliance

This document pulls together a number of tools already in use in various trusts across the country into a generic document which may be helpful in working out how to approach this for many eye units looking to expand their capacity through innovative clinic types. The Royal College of Ophthalmologists is working on developing more detailed guidance on how to

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Latest HSIB report highlights ‘devastating’ impact of delays and pressure on national glaucoma services

10 January 2020

Delays to follow-up appointments for glaucoma patients leaves them at risk of sight loss, warns our new report. The report highlights the case of a 34-year old woman who lost her sight as a result of 13 months of delays to follow-up appointments. National issue Lack of timely follow-up for glaucoma patients is a recognised national issue across the NHS.

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Fight for Sight funds the UK’s first large-scale glaucoma biobank to personalise glaucoma care

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18 November 2019
Source: Fight for Sight

Fight for Sight is funding a project to create the UK’s first large-scale glaucoma biobank, a new tool that will help personalise glaucoma treatment and identify patients most at risk of sight loss. Fight for Sight-funded researcher Dr Anthony Khawaja and his team will establish a data resource to allow better genetic prediction of which glaucoma patients are likely to

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The International Glaucoma Association (IGA) and Santen UK Ltd. launch an educational series of films to help people understand glaucoma.

13 September 2019
Source: The International Glaucoma Association

The films feature leading experts in the field of ophthalmology who provide clear information about glaucoma sight loss, how it is detected, monitored and managed. Commenting on the series, the IGA says: “This is a comprehensive set of films which we hope will walk people through what glaucoma is, what to expect from the tests, what help is available and

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Fight for Sight: Examining the role of vitamin B3 supplementation in reducing and preventing retinal cell damage caused by glaucoma

20 August 2019

Fight for Sight is funding researchers at Cardiff University to examine the extent to which dietary supplementation of Nicotinamide – a form of vitamin B3 – can be used to reduce, and even prevent, retinal damage caused by glaucoma. This important research could help pave the way for new types of treatment for glaucoma, which are currently focused only on

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New molecular ‘scaffolding’ could repair nerve damage in glaucoma

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16 July 2019
Source: Fight for Sight

Fight for Sight is funding scientists at the University of Cambridge to research how a new ‘molecular scaffolding’ could help restore vital nerve connections between the eye and the brain, potentially recovering the sight loss caused by glaucoma and other conditions, and even paving the way for future eye transplants. Professor Keith Martin, Professor James Fawcett and team will be

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‘Organ-on-a-chip’ opens the door to new treatment for glaucoma and other eye diseases

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24 May 2019
Source: Fight for Sight

Eye research charity, Fight for Sight, is funding the development of an ‘organ-on-chip’ that for the first time will be used to help investigate glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness. Dr Darryl Overby and Dr Sam Au from Imperial College London, in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Duke University, will build upon the latest bioengineering technology to

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Scottish Muslims urged to take care of eye health during Ramadan

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3 May 2019
Source: RNIB Scotland

Scottish Muslims are being urged to be aware of their eye health when fasting during the religious month of Ramadan, which starts this weekend. Throughout Ramadan Muslims abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours. Gozie JoeAdigwe of sight loss charity RNIB Scotland said: “People from some ethnic minority communities can be more vulnerable to some eye conditions, so it

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