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An update on inherited retinal disorders (part 1) – overview and assessment of inherited retinal disease

Part 2 of this topic can be found here Inherited Retinal Disease (IRD) is the leading cause of blindness certification in the working age population (age 16-64 years) in England and Wales and the second most common in childhood [1]....

Volunteer abroad: the Khmer Sight Foundation

A team of volunteers describe their experiences of working with the Khmer Sight Foundation in Cambodia. Cambodia has a population of 15 million people, of whom an estimated 300,000 are blind. This figure is increasing by 10,000 each year. Three-quarters...

The Makassar-Dundee VISION 2020 LINK: a tale of two cities and two trainees

A resident’s view from Makassar My name is Hendra Kusuma, a final year resident (registrar) in the ophthalmology department at Hasanuddin University in Makassar, Indonesia. We have had a VISION 2020 LINK with Dundee (coordinated at the UK end by...

The paediatric cataract: an overview of the embryology and pathophysiology

In the first of the two articles (see Part 2 here) on paediatric cataracts, Samuel Aryee reviews the aetiology of this condition. Cataracts arise from opacification of the natural transparent lens, which can cause partial or total blindness. Although the...

Appeal for fundus cameras and OCT machines for Nigeria

Nigeria has the highest population of people living with diabetes mellitus (DM) in sub-Saharan Africa. As at 2013 the population of people living with DM stood at 4.9 million, of whom an estimated 1.7 million had diabetic retinopathy (DR). There is currently no national DR screening and treatment programme.

What's Trending Aug/Sep 2022

A round-up of the eye related hot topics that have been trending on social media over the last few weeks. #JustinBieber #RamsayHuntsyndrome #facialparalysis Justin Bieber revealed he has been afflicted by Ramsay Hunt syndrome, and thus has had to cancel...

Cancelled eye surgeries could mean permanent sight-loss, warns Fight for Sight

A survey by eye research charity Fight for Sight has found that people with sight loss fear their sight will further deteriorate during the Covid-19 pandemic, as they struggle to access treatment for their eye conditions.

UKEGS reveals new president and president-elect

Glaucoma UK has announced the appointments of the new president and president-elect for its UK and Éire Glaucoma Society (UKEGS).

World Optometry Day 2022

Today, Wednesday 23rd March, is #WorldOptometryDay. A day to celebrate the global community of optometrists and all the eye care professionals that support the ophthalmic health and wellbeing of many millions of patients.

The Spectacle Makers’ Charity takes up the challenge of glaucoma in Nigeria

The Glaucoma-NET was established by the VISION 2020 LINKS Programme in 2021 to address the high levels of irreversible blindness due to glaucoma in low-income countries. It aims to preserve the sight of people with glaucoma through bringing together patients, clinicians, researchers, NGOs and Ministries of Health, with a lasting and sustainable impact.

AI and New Technology in Ophthalmology (Eye News Symposium & Workshop)

Run by Eye News in partnership with the University of Edinburgh

VISION 2020 LINKS Programme and DR-NET World Sight Day Workshop

World Sight Day (WSD) was celebrated globally on 8 October 2020 [1]. From Australia and the Pacific to the Americas, via Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, awareness-raising and advocacy activities took place throughout the day, to focus attention on unnecessary...