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Ophthalmology Foundation: a promising new beginning

The world’s leaders in ophthalmology have created the new Ophthalmology Foundation, to make prevention of blindness and maintenance of high quality vision accessible to people of all nations. Board of Directors President David EI Pyott explains their vision for the...

Transfected RPE cells inhibit AMD in rats

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of blindness in the elderly. Wet AMD is characterised by choroidal neovascularisation, new vessels into the retina, leading to leakage and tissue damage. Many proangiogenic factors particularly vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)...

Outcomes of ‘treat and extend’ for neovascular AMD

The authors report on 24-month outcomes of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) therapy using a ‘treat and extend’ regime for treatment-naïve neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD). Data for this study was collected from the Fight Retinal Blindness observational registry based...

Ovarian hormones drive onset of Sjogren’s disease in mice

Sjogren’s syndrome (SS) is a debilitating, sight-threatening, systemic autoimmune disease with no effective treatment available. SS is characterised by lacrimal gland lymphocytic infiltration and epithelial cell death, as well as by the presence of serum autoantibodies. Patients have severe dry...

Visual prognosis in Irish Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy

Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) is an inherited optic neuropathy This paper presents a retrospective review of clinical data from patients with LHON presenting to an Irish tertiary referral ophthalmic hospital. Clinical and genetic characteristics were assessed for useful biomarkers...

Blink Medical team attend launch of Orbis UK Surgical Fund Appeal

Blink Medical’s Managing Director Roger Tyler and Sales Director Tim Price attended the Orbis UK charity event on 14 September 2021 to mark the launch of their Surgical Fund Appeal at the Royal College of Surgeons in central London.

The pyramid

The first time I attended the Congress of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists was now more than 10 years ago, though I still remember the excitement of wandering down the aisles in the exhibition hall marvelling at the stands and...

Making a life-changing difference in Bangladesh

It has always been a desire of mine to volunteer in a ‘vision aid’ type project abroad, but due to various factors I had not been able to fulfil this desire until very recently. A gentleman called Mizanur Rahman (founder...

IN FOCUS - Beyond 2020: what next for global eye health?

The year 2020 is a pivotal year for global eye health. It marks the conclusion of ‘VISION 2020: The Right to Sight’ which has guided action for the past two decades, and the end of the World Health Organization (WHO)...

Tackling diabetic retinopathy globally through the VISION 2020 LINKS Diabetic Retinopathy Network

It is abundantly clear that the burden of diabetes is rapidly increasing, as there are now 415 million adults with diabetes in the world, with a projected rise to 642 million by 2040 [1]. This equates to 1 in 10...

DR-NET Workshop – information-sharing for strengthening DR programmes

Contributors: Rosie Brennan, Anshul Chauhan, Mona Duggal, John Ellis, Michael Gichangi, Edwin Grayson, Catherine Jamieson, Ankita Kankaria, Oliver Kemp, Hendra Kusuma, Nanda Matthew, Geeta Menon, Habibah Muhiddin, Tunde Peto, Recivall Salongcay, Frank Sandi, Hazel Shillingford-Ricketts, Bernadetha Shilio, Caroline Styles, Sharon...

The bionic eye – behind the headlines

Multiple visual prosthetic projects and other vision regeneration initiatives being tested in preclinical and clinical development worldwide illustrate continuing progress and opportunities in addressing profound blindness from hereditary retinal diseases and other causes (Table 1). Three implantable bionic vision systems...