Fight for Sight to receive proceeds from eye photography auction

18 October 19

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Alice Mitchell

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Fight for Sight is pleased to have been selected as the charitable partner to receive proceeds from the auctioning of ophthalmic photographer Steve Thomson’s stunning collection of eye images at The Royal College of Ophthalmologists Annual Congress on 21 May 2020. The auction, which is now open to bids on the Eye News website here, will close and the winning bids will be revealed at the congress.

Steve Thomson is an ophthalmic photographer with more than 40 years of experience in Ophthalmology and clinical imaging. This series of his images were captured using a slit lamp and were created to draw the attention of the eye care professional, while also being able to capture the interest of those who appreciate the beauty of ocular imaging.

Proceeds raised from the auctioning of this stunning photography will help to support Fight for Sight’s vital eye research into preventing sight loss and treating eye disease. 

Steve Thomson said:

"Choosing Fight for Sight to benefit from the imaging project with Eye News was quite a straightforward decision. As the largest charity dedicated to funding eye research in the UK, and their close working relationship with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, Fight for Sight ensures their funding supports the most important visual research projects conducted by our leading national scientists with a common goal of benefiting those affected by sight loss. I am delighted that 100% of the final auction price for all images will be going to such a deserving cause."

Chief Executive at Fight for Sight, Sherine Krause, said:

“We’re delighted to have been chosen as the charity partner for the Eye News photography auction next year at The Royal College of Ophthalmologists' annual congress. The funds raised from the auction will be invested in pioneering eye research to help stop sight loss. It’s an exciting time in eye research and researchers are on the cusp of so many breakthroughs yet eye research is woefully underfunded. Thanks to Steve Thomson, Eye News and readers for supporting this important cause.”

About Steve Thomson

Steve Thomson trained as an Ophthalmic Photographer at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee and then became senior Ophthalmic Photographer at University of Edinburgh. Steve was responsible for the imaging needs of a busy clinical and academic eye department and contributed to the evolution of digital imaging in ophthalmology. Projects in the 1980s included the first real time video recording of fluorescein angiography and the recording of live retinal surgery with a camera mounted indirect ophthalmoscope.

For many years Steve has been with the Haag-Streit group of companies where he has been fundamental to the advancement of imaging software applications and played an important role in the development of many devices currently used in ophthalmic imaging. The most recent projects include slit lamp imaging camera systems for both professional and clinical imaging.

Steve is one of the original founder members of the Ophthalmic Imaging Association (formerly BOPA) and is a regular presenter in the USA at the Ophthalmic Photographers Society (OPS) and JACAPHO.

Steve has taught slit lamp imaging techniques throughout the world and has an in-depth comprehension of the high-tech instrumentation required in current ophthalmic practice. There is a high and regular demand for Steve to share his knowledge from many of those with an active interest in ophthalmic imaging.

You can make a bid and support Fight for Sight here.