Music and song inspire Freya to start speaking

Freya Reily, who is six years old from Tranent in East Lothian, is more than meets the eye. Freya, who was born very prematurely and has severe vision impairment, has been inspired by music and song to start speaking, something that her parents did not think was possible just a few short months ago.


Charity’s new campaign aims to dispel negative perceptions of people living with sight loss.

Evidence shows hand-holding volunteers help significantly reduce anxiety for patients undergoing eye procedure

New evidence from an evaluation carried out by Helpforce for Friends of Moorfields shows that a volunteer’s support can help patients while they have eye surgery under local anaesthetic. 94% say the support helped them feel less anxious.

Optical Express sponsors Atlantic rowing challenge for dementia research

Optical Express has become the official headline sponsor of a rowing challenge that will see Jason Black (52) and Neil Glover (60) row over 3100 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, in an effort to raise money to fund groundbreaking research into a cure for dementia.

Sight loss charity celebrates World Braille Day with ‘braille name generator’

To mark the celebration of World Braille Day, and the vital importance of braille, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is inviting people to request their name in braille.

RNIB Scotland launch Glasgow drop-in sessions

Blind and partially sighted Glasgow residents will be able to get in-person support and advice at their local library, thanks to new sessions organised by a national sight loss charity.

Part 2: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Edinburgh Visits Ethiopia with Orbis

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Edinburgh has today taken part in a historic trachoma elimination conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Part 1: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Edinburgh Visits Ethiopia with Orbis

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Edinburgh, visited services protecting the vision of children and adults in Hawassa, Ethiopia, with international eyecare charity Orbis.

Celebrations for 20 years of VCHP ring out from the city

20 years of Vision Care for Homeless People, and the 18,000+ people who have been helped to better vision through the regional drop-in clinics, were celebrated by a host of volunteers, charity founders and generous donors from the optical community last week.

£1.7 million funding for research into children’s eye health

Moorfields Eye Charity and the Medical Research Foundation are working in partnership to support research into childhood and adolescent eye health, putting £1.7 million of funding into this massively underfunded area of research.

WATCH EPISODE 7: Beyond 2020 with the Andean Medical Mission

In this episode, after shortly arriving back from working in Magdalena, Bolivia, Dave discusses five key points to finding the right patients and ensuring that they arrive at your clinic as early as possible into your campaign.

Clinical tutor enjoys rewarding nature of volunteering

Bradford University Clinical Tutor, Benji Chandra, celebrates five years of supporting the needs of homeless people this summer.

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