Patients with High-Risk Macular Degeneration Show Improvement with High-Dose Statin Treatment

7 March 2016
Source: Harvard Medical school

A phase I/II clinical trial at Massachusetts Eye and Ear found that some patients taking high doses of atorvastatin (cholesterol-lowering medication) had complete resolution of lipid deposits in the dry form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is the leading cause of blindness in the developed world, and though effective treatments are available for the wet AMD, they are currently

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Fight for Sight: Understanding the mechanism of rare blinding disorder passed from parents to their children

29 February 2016
Source: Fight for Sight

Scientists have identified a key mechanism that damages the cornea in Meesmann epithelial corneal dystrophy, a rare blinding disorder, which is passed from parents to their children.

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SENSE: Lord Blunkett unveils report that finds disabled children are missing out on play opportunities vital to their development

26 February 2016
Source: SENSE

A report by the national deafblind charity, Sense, today reveals the severe restrictions facing disabled children in accessing play. The report identifies failings at every level that result in disabled children missing out on play opportunities that are vital to their emotional, social and physical  development. A lack of attention by government, insufficient funding at a local level and negative

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Brien Holden Vision Institute: Half the world to be short-sighted by 2050

12 February 2016
Source: Brien Holden Vision Institute

Half the world’s population (nearly 5 billion) will be short-sighted (myopic) by 2050, with up to one-fifth of them (1 billion) at a significantly increased risk of blindness if current trends continue, says a study published in the journal Ophthalmology this week. 5 billion to be short-sighted (myopic) by the year 2050 One in ten at risk of blindness Myopia

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NatCen: Experiences of Personal Independence Payment on people with sensory impairments

5 February 2016
Source: NatCen

  Researchers at NatCen Social Research are currently working on a project about the experiences of people with vision impairment and people with combined hearing and sight loss who have been claiming Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and who will apply for Personal Independence Payments. Who can take part? We would like to speak to people who: have a vision impairment

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Sight loss patients with depression are “routinely overlooked” New study by Guide Dogs charity and Cardiff University

27 January 2016

A new study has revealed that nearly half of people attending NHS low vision clinics for help with sight loss suffer from symptoms of clinical depression – but they are not being diagnosed or given the treatment they need. According to the Depression in Visual Impairment Trial (DEPVIT), 43% of people who lose their sight go on to battle depression,

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Fight for Sight: Global Scan of Research into Macular Disease

5 January 2016
Source: Fight for Sight

Impact of AMD Research Prioritisation Starting to Show In 2013 the UK vision sector got together to find out what those of you affected by eye disease viewed as the top priorities for eye research. Fight for Sight, the UK’s eye research charity has been working hard to track how closely these patient, relative and carer priorities match the research

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BMJ Open: Support for infants and young people with sight loss: a qualitative study of sight impairment certification and referral to education and social care services

4 January 2016
Source: BMJ Open/RNIB

Objectives of this research were to examine the experience of infants, children and their parents, the role of Ophthalmologists and other health, social care and education professionals in the certification and registration processes and examine the relationship between certification and referrals and pathways to support. For the full report please go to: Article on certification and registration of children

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