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 roisin@fightforsight.org.uk.

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  • 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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