RNIB: Eye health – Policy Statements

31 January 2019
Source: RNIB

Sight is precious and the sense people most fear losing. In the UK it is estimated that almost 2 million people are affected by sight loss and the number of people at risk of the main causes of blindness – cataract, glaucoma, wet age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy – is set to increase by up to 25 per cent

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BBC News: NHS to save ‘hundreds of millions’ in landmark (Avsatin) drug ruling

21 September 2018
Source: BBC News

A landmark ruling against two leading drug companies could save the NHS “hundreds of millions” a year. Novartis and Bayer were trying to stop NHS doctors from prescribing a cheaper treatment for a serious eye condition. Twelve NHS bodies in the north east of England were offering patients Avastin, a cheaper alternative to the licensed drug, Lucentis. Health bosses said

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Macular Society to hold Professional Conference in October

25 July 2018
Source: Macular Society

The Macular Society will hold its third Professional Conference in October. Tickets are  now available for the event, ‘Excellence in Patient Support’, which takes place on Tuesday 16 October at Conference Aston, Aston University, Birmingham. The conference is open to all staff working in the eye care sector. It will focus on the latest in macular treatments, NICE guidelines, the

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Dates for Macular Society UK roadshows announced

26 March 2018
Source: Macular Society

Leading UK sight loss charity the Macular Society has announced the dates for four regional roadshows which will highlight new treatments and research into macular degeneration. The four events, which take place throughout May and June in Cardiff, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Southampton and Ipswich, will give people with macular degeneration the chance to find out about the latest developments in treating their

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NIHR Signal: Optometrists are cautious, but may be as good as ophthalmologists at monitoring a common cause of blindness

2 September 2016
Source: NIHR

Why was this study needed? Age-related macular degeneration affects more than 600,000 people in the UK and is the leading cause of vision loss. About 10-15% of these people have the wet form of AMD, which untreated can cause vision to deteriorate within days. Treatment involves injection of drugs into the eye to stop the blood vessel growth. However, because

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