School of Health Sciences at City University London: Exploring support for family members and friends of people with visual impairment

30 October 2019
Source: School of Health Sciences at City University London

Name of principal investigator/researcher: Dr Ahalya Subramanian Would like to invite you to take part in a research study. Before you decide whether you would like to take part, it is important that you understand why the research is being done and what it would involve for you. Please take time to read the following information carefully, and discuss it

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Science Direct: Time outdoors and the prevention of myopia

8 October 2019
Source: Science Direct.

Amanda N.Frencha, Regan S,.Ashby, Ian G.Morgan, Kathryn A.Rose Highlights •  Children who spend more time outdoors are less likely to become myopic. •  This protection appears to be due to time outdoors, rather than engagement in sport. •  Effect sizes suggest that more time outdoors could reduce myopia in children. •  Dopamine release may be stimulated by bright outdoor light,

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Research reveals public perceptions of opticians

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19 July 2019
Source: General Optical Council

Today the GOC published the 2019 Public perceptions research and supporting infographic, which explores how patients view and interact with opticians and the services they provide. The research findings encompass a range of topics, including where patients would go if they had an eye health problem, their views on the quality of care, the frequency of contact with opticians and

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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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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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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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Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities: Retrospective chart review of spectacle prescription prevalence in adults with learning disabilities in Scotland

3 June 2019

Maggie Butchart and Craig Colahan Background: Evidence suggests that people with learning disabilities are less likely to have an up‐to‐date eye examination as sight loss is characteristically underdiagnosed in people with complex needs. Method A retrospective study of records from 576 Service Users of RNIB UK Vision, learning disability and Complex Needs Services was carried out. Results The record review

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Our biggest ever investment in nystagmus research

29 April 2019
Source: Nystagmus Network

Thanks to the generosity of our members, fundraisers and supporters and our longstanding partnership with Fight for Sight, the UK’s leading eye research charity, the Nystagmus Network is delighted to be able to announce our biggest ever funding commitment to nystagmus research. At the Nystagmus Network nystagmus research workshop in September 2018, charity trustees asked the UK research and clinical

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New developments in the search for treatments for Stargardt disease

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10 March 2019
Source: Retina UK

Stargardt disease principally affects central vision, with onset usually occurring during adolescence or young adulthood, and is frequently caused by errors in a gene known as ABCA4. However, in many cases, no faults can be found in the sections of the gene that code for the building block ‘ingredients’ of the ABCA4 protein, meaning that there are no clues to

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BMJ Open: Impact of eye clinic liaison officers: a qualitative study in UK ophthalmology clinics

6 March 2019
Source: BMJ Open

Objectives:    To explore the impact of eye clinic liaison officers (ECLOs, also known as sight loss advisors) on the processes, functions and quality of ophthalmology clinics through the experiences of ophthalmology staff in the UK. Design: Qualitative study. Setting: UK hospital ophthalmology clinics. Participants:  Health and social care professionals in the UK. Results:  ECLOs who had a presence in

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