Eye Research Matters
The Fight for Sight Podcast
Eye Research Matters is the Fight for Sight podcast exploring the personal stories of people with sight loss and the latest breakthroughs in eye research. In each episode, we speak to a different researcher or supporter about their fight for sight. To share your story of living with sight loss, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or where ever you get your podcasts.
Episode 9 - Dr Zakariya Jarrar on AMD and the gut and working on the frontline during Covid-19
In this episode of Eye Research Matters, we speak to Fight for Sight’s newly awarded research fellow Dr Zakariya Jarrar from King’s College.
Dr Jarrar was due to begin his research into the role of the gut microbiome in age-related macular degeneration early in the summer. However, instead Covid-19 saw Zak’s research suspended and during the height of the pandemic, he spent two months working in intensive care for the NHS.
In response to the pandemic and lockdown, Fight for Sight launched a successful urgent appeal to help researchers cover the cost of returning to the labs. Dr Jarrar kindly fronted the campaign.
Episode 8 - Living with Charles Bonnet Syndrome
In this episode of Eye Research Matters, we speak to supporter Amit Patel about living with Charles Bonnet syndrome (CBS).
CBS is a common side-effect of sight loss in which people experience visual hallucinations.
Fight for Sight, together with partners Blind Veterans UK, Esme's Umbrella and Health and Care Research Wales, is funding two research projects at Cardiff University and University of Oxford to investigate the cause of the visual hallucinations associated with Charles Bonnet Syndrome, with the hope of eventually finding a cure. Read more about the condition here.
Episode 7 - Professor Gus Gazzard on a more effective treatment for glaucoma
In this episode of Eye Research Matters, we’re discussing a more effective laser treatment for glaucoma.
Our host Róisín speaks to Professor Gus Gazzard, a consultant ophthalmologist and glaucoma service director at Moorfields Eye Hospital, who discusses his pioneering LiGHT Trial, which was part-funded by Fight for Sight.
Gus also discusses the future of his research, and the challenges facing the sector.Glaucoma is the world's second leading cause of blindness. It affects 60 million people worldwide and nearly half a million in the UK alone.
Episode 6 - Challenge events and living with keratoconus
In this episode of Eye Research Matters, we’re discussing keratoconus and challenge events.
Our host Róisín speaks to Fight for Sight supporter Ashley Winter, an army welfare officer who served for 14 years, and whose military career was cut short when he was diagnosed with the eye disease keratoconus.
Ashley is determined not to let his eye condition get in the way of his passion for adventure, so he regularly takes part in challenge events to raise money and awareness for Fight for Sight.
Keratoconus results in poor vision, and currently there is no cure.
Episode 5 - Professor Robert MacLaren on Stargardt disease
In this episode of Eye Research Matters, we’re discussing Stargardt disease and what research is underway into the condition.
Our host Róisín is joined by Professor Robert MacLaren, leading Professor of Ophthalmology at University of Oxford, who discusses his pioneering research into using gene therapy to treat the genetic eye condition. This involves using a harmless virus to take the correct genetic information into the eye so that it starts to work properly. The early stages of this research was funded by Fight for Sight.
Professor MacLaren also discusses his research into retinitis pigmentosa and the future of robot-assisted eye surgery.
Stargardt disease causes progressive central sight loss and there is currently no cure.
Episode 4 - Living with Stargardt macular dystrophy
In this episode of Eye Research Matters, our host Róisín speaks to Fight for Sight supporter Rose and her mother Tina about Stargardt disease.
Rose was diagnosed with Stargardt macular dystrophy when she was seven years old. Now aged 15, Rose is severely sight impaired.
Following early research funded by Fight for Sight, scientists at the University of Oxford have developed a new technology that is being used to test a potential treatment for Stargardt disease.
Rose is taking part in our 20 Voices for 2020 campaign. Watch her video here.
Episode 3 - Living with glaucoma
In this epiode of Eye Research Matters, our host, Róisín speaks to Fight for Sight supporter Niki de Lara about her experience of uveitic glaucoma.
Niki was diagnosed with a condition called uveitis many years ago, which led to her developing glaucoma. As a result, she lost all the sight in her right eye and her quality of life has been severely impacted.
Niki is determined to help others with glaucoma feel less isolated and so she and her husband have started the website and support group Glaucomarize.
Fight for Sight is currently funding 21 glaucoma research projects across the UK aimed at preventing and treating this devastating condition. This research will have a huge impact on people like Niki, who are living with glaucoma.
Episode 2 - Glaucoma with Professor Keith Martin
In this episode of Eye Research Matters, we're focusing on glaucoma - its causes, the treatments available and what research is underway into the condition.
Our host, Róisín, is joined by Professor Keith Martin, a neuroscientist with an interest in understanding and treating glaucoma, aided by Fight for Sight funding. Professor Martin is leading a project based at the University of Cambridge, which aims to strengthen the connection between the eye and the brain, protecting and growing the vital cells that are damaged by glaucoma and other conditions.
Glaucoma is the world's second leading cause of blindness. It affects 60 million people worldwide and nearly half a million in the UK alone.
Currently, sight loss from glaucoma is irreversible, which is why Fight for Sight is dedicated to funding the most promising studies aimed at preventing and treating this devastating condition. We're currently funding 21 glaucoma research projects across the UK - research that will have a huge impact on those living with the condition.
Episode 1 - Age-related macular degeneration with Professor Pete Coffey
In the first episode of Eye Research Matters, we’re discussing age-related macular degeneration and the latest ground-breaking research into the condition.
Fight for Sight Director of Communications Sarah Campion speaks to Professor Pete Coffey, Professor of Visual Psychophysics at the Institute of Ophthalmology at UCL.
Last year, Professor Coffey’s ground-breaking research resulted in improved sight for two patients with serious sight loss from age-related macular degeneration.
Macular degeneration is the most common cause of severe sight loss in the UK, and figures are on the rise. Fight for Sight’s goal is for a new treatment to be developed within the next ten years – to help save hundreds of thousands of people from losing their sight. We are currently investing in 22 research projects to help find new and more effective treatments.
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