Back a breakthrough in sight loss linked to other diseases
With an ageing population, increasing numbers of people are affected by sight loss linked to another conditions, like diabetes, stroke or Alzheimer’s disease. Working with partners we currently invest £3.8 million into 50 research projects into these types of conditions to better understand the mechanisms and to develop new treatments. The research we fund uses pioneering approaches, from artificial intelligence to single RNA sequencing.
Using artificial intelligence to detect Alzheimer's disease
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Defining how every cell type in the retina responds to diabetes
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Research to restore sight loss as a result of stroke
Suzie Bushby who was diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy, said:
“I’ve had diabetic retinopathy for four years which has really had a significant impact on mine and my family's life. Every morning I wake up and am worried that my eyes will be worse. Research funded by Fight for Sight gives me hope for the future because it paves the way for new treatments that could make a real difference.”
What is it?
Diabetic retinopathy is the most common complication of diabetes and may develop in anyone with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. It affects the light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye (the retina). Diabetic retinopathy currently causes sight loss in approximately 95,000 people in the UK.
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