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Volunteer to cheer on our London Marathon Runners

Would you like to cheer for our runners at the London Marathon? We are very excited to get together at the marathon this year especially and will be supporting runners across Fight for Sight and Vision Foundation.

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How to access Research Funding- experiences from the inside track

What’s it like applying for funding from an NGO such as Fight For Sight / Vision Foundation? Below we’ll introduce you to five people who know exactly what it’s like and they hope their experiences can help other researchers secure career-changing funding too.

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Our own Finance and HR Assistant takes on London Marathon 2024

This year we’ve got a whopping 37 people running the London marathon for us, and in doing so raising funds and awareness to save sight and change lives. Excitingly, one of those runners will be our very own Jessica Norfolk, who works as our Finance and HR Assistant.  We caught up with Jess to find out about how she’s feeling about taking part in this iconic event.

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Meet the Researcher: Dr Mervyn Thomas

Dr Mervyn Thomas, PhD, FRCOphth, is a Clinical Associate Professor/Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist and Clinical Lead of the Ulverscroft Eye Unit. Based at the University of Leicester Ulverscroft Eye Unit, Dr Thomas has received the Wolfson Prize (Royal College of Physicians), the Alcon research prize, the PhD prize for the best thesis across the College of Life Sciences, and the European Paediatric Ophthalmology Society Prize. Research kick-started by Fight for Sight and Nystagmus Network sparked Dr Thomas’ passion for Ophthalmology and has led to a greater understanding of infantile nystagmus and the Leicester grading system for foveal hypoplasia.

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Westminster Eye Health Day – An Urgent Call for Change

Today is Westminster Eye Health Day (December 11, 2023), and, as a partner in The Eyes Have It, we are joining a rallying cry to improve eye health care in England and the UK.

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Health and care research for the whole population - Statement of Intent

Fight for Sight/Vision Foundation supports a commitment to sustainable science that works for everyone regardless of gender.

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Charities call for chancellor to address Cost of Living Crisis for Disabled People

Fight for Sight / Vision Foundation has signed a joint letter from the disability sector calling for urgent support with the cost of living for disabled people.

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Gemma Owen joins our research team in the lab

Gemma Owen joined us for a visit to a lab researching Stargardt disease.

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The change we want to see: Leaders with Visual Impairment unite

Hosted at Westminster on October 26, Vis-Ability was a UK first. An event bringing together and celebrating leaders with visual impairments and key members of the sight loss community, to grow our influence and impact across society.

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Q&A: Talking CUREUsher with its Vice Chair and Co-founder

Stephen White is co-founder of CUREUsher, which exists to support people living with Usher Syndrome and to influence policy changes. Our CEO, Keith Valentine, spoke to him in our latest podcast. Read the Q&A

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5 rare sight loss conditions you may not have heard of

Learn more about birdshot chorioretinopathy, corneal dystrophy, stargardt disease, uveal melanoma, and wolfram syndrome.

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Knowledge is power: A 10 question quiz to boost your eye health knowledge

Did you know that reducing the prevalence of eye conditions by just one percent each year could avoid costs to the UK economy of up to £3 billion over the next decade? The first step for all of us could be being better informed about eye conditions and eye health – so how much do you know? Take this quick quiz to learn more about the human eye and conditions that can affect it…

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Fight for Sight / Vision Foundation welcomes news of the UK re-joining Horizon Europe

The UK’s scientific community receives a boost today following an announcement by the UK government that we have re-joined Horizon Europe, the EU’s flagship scientific research funding programme.

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Fight for Sight becomes an affiliate member of Our Future Health

Fight for Sight has become an affiliate of Our Future Health, which collaborates to use volunteer data to help researchers discover new ways to prevent, detect and treat diseases, including eye disease.

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How do we fund science that could save sight? Understanding our grants process.

Fight for Sight is a grant-making organisation, which means we give funds to some of the UK's top emerging and established researchers to conduct vision research.

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Happy 75th Birthday to the NHS, and thank you, researchers

Today (July 5, 2023) is a genuine day of celebration. It marks two important days for our community 75 years of the National Health Service (NHS) and Research Appreciation Day. Research Officer, Rosie Sturt, takes time out to celebrate them both.

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Ellie Southwood’s new role as Director of Social Impact; a watershed moment for the Sight Loss Community

With the appointment of Ellie Southwood MBE as Director of Social Impact, Fight for Sight / Vision Foundation becomes the only organisation in the sight loss sector with an Executive Leadership Team that is made up of 50% of people who have lived experience of sight loss.

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Drugs, Devices and Data – the Future Delivery of Eye Health Care

Held over two sunny days in June, the Drugs, Devices and Data conference featured inspiring talks from leaders in vision research. Rosie Sturt attended and reported back.

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Fight for Sight awards three prestigious PhD Studentships across the UK

We have awarded three PhD Studentships in Oxford, Manchester and Northern Ireland. The highly prestigious awards will provide funding of £110,000 over three years, enabling the successful researchers to recruit a student who will carry out a high-quality research project into sight loss.

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Fight for Sight awards £1.2m funding to accelerate innovative projects into sight loss

Fight for Sight has awarded £1.2 million to fund groundbreaking research projects with exciting potential to transform the lives of people with sight loss.

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Gemma Owen becomes young ambassador for Fight for Sight

Fight for Sight is delighted to welcome Gemma Owen as its new Young Ambassador. Gemma, 20, is an international dressage rider, business owner, and TV personality. She is keen to use her profile to raise awareness of sight loss.

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5 reasons to back the national eye health strategy for England.

A Westminster Hall debate is scheduled for Wednesday, May 17, on the potential merits of a national eye health strategy. Marsha de Cordova, MP, will open this debate. We explain what a national eye health strategy could cover and list 5 reasons why we're backing the calls to deliver one.

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Fight for Sight awards eleven new research projects into sight loss

Fight for Sight and its partners have awarded funding to progress novel research ideas with the potential to help improve the lives of people affected by sight loss. The funding will help early career researchers to advance exciting, early-stage science, ideally to a stage where it can attract more investment for further development.

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International Guide Dog Day: Chief Executive of Fight for Sight and Vision Foundation celebrates Guide Dog, Dottie

On International Guide Dog Day, Keith Valentine celebrates his guide dog Dottie and explores the partnership he shares with her.

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Silicon Valley Bank’s collapse is potentially risky to UK life sciences research

Fight for Sight Chief Executive Keith Valentine warns that the recent collapse of Silicon Valley Bank is a warning shot for the UK government. The government needs to step up and invest in life sciences, specifically in sight loss, which is underfunded despite the cost to individuals and the UK economy.

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Our supporter Miss Zakarian’s vision to support pioneering research for future generations

Early career awards granted by Fight for Sight in partnership with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists

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Study launches to improve sight after stroke

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Films share personal impact of sight loss and the possibility of breakthroughs

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Fight for Sight supporter named Volunteer of the Year

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Fight for Sight volunteer shortlisted for prestigious national award

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Researchers use artificial intelligence to improve diagnosis and treatment of birdshot uveitis

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Podcast: Stem cell treatment could be game changer for age related macular degeneration

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Two new Fight for Sight directors to take forward marketing and income generation

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‘Organ-on-a-chip’ opens the door to new treatment for glaucoma and other eye diseases

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Increased funding opportunities to address sight loss

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Artificial intelligence identifies existing drugs that may reduce sight loss from macular degeneration

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Understanding the cause of irreversible blindness in East Africa

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Awareness campaign: Eyes are the organ Brits are least likely to donate

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Tommy runs London marathon after raising funds for a new treatment

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World Glaucoma Week 2019: Victoria Maddock raises awareness of the ‘silent thief of sight’ that affects people of all ages

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Research to improve survival rates for patients with eye cancer

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Fight for Sight appoints new chief executive

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World Glaucoma Week 2019 - research finds the most successful treatment for glaucoma

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Understanding symptoms associated with eyelid spasms

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News about Fight for Sight's Chief Executive

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New method to improve diagnostics and treatment for corneal dystrophy

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Research to understand the role of nerve damage in keratoconus

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Breakthrough in identifying new genes in age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness

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Researchers investigate the benefits of supplements for thyroid eye disease

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Just £5 to achieve your New Year’s resolution - tap into our January discount for challenge events

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How to keep your eyes healthy in the New Year

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Increase in research grants for women highlighted at annual Women in Vision event

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Therapy for childhood inherited eye condition shows ‘very promising’ results

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Researchers investigate how our natural ‘body clock’ could influence short sightedness

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Early intervention can improve development and reduce mental health issues for babies with visual impairment

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Awareness campaign: new targeted treatment could help prevent sight loss in children with eye cancer

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European Commission approves Luxturna to treat patients with inherited retinal disease

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Report showcases successes in eye research

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Fight for Sight research results in a genetic diagnostic tool for children’s eye condition

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Fight for Sight patron Philip Mould supports our annual carol concert - tickets available now

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Widespread errors in “proofreading” cause inherited blindness

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Fight for Sight announces research into personalised glaucoma treatment on World Sight Day 2018

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Global runners on the final straight: virtual event culminates on World Sight Day 2018

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Positive results from gene therapy breakthrough for treating choroideremia

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Fight for Sight partners with the AOP to encourage eye tests

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National Eye Health Week 2018: Research funding will use iPads to identify the best method to manage nystagmus

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Fight for Sight and Ocushield announce charity partnership during National Eye Health Week

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Top tips for healthy eyes during National Eye Health Week 2018

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Novel technique is first to define how every cell type in the retina responds to diabetes

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The race begins! Paralympic medallists join our virtual event during National Eye Health Week 2018

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Outbreak of preventable eye infection in contact lens wearers

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Fight for Sight response to a landmark ruling in favour of the use of Avastin for wet AMD

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Researchers discover the way we see an image depends on where we are

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Eastenders actress June Brown urges public to get eye tests

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Applications invited to find best treatment options for a severe complication of AMD

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Unique virtual running event to take people on a journey to the centre of the eye

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Charity invites applications from brightest minds in vision research

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Research shows one in two Brits putting eye health at risk during sunny weather

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Rt Hon Baroness Betty Boothroyd raises awareness of eye research underfunding

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Charity investigates snake venom treatment as an alternative to antibiotics in eye infections

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Fight for Sight calls for PhD Studentship Applications in new strategy

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Scottish eye research to find new treatments for autoimmune uveitis

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Macular Week [25 June – 1 July]: Fight for Sight research could see an end to eye injections for patients with macular degeneration

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Fight for Sight announce their new charity partnership with RedEye

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The #skydiveforsight smashes its target

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Fight for Sight welcomes new Director of Research, Policy & Innovation

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Golf day raises almost £2000 for vital eye research

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Guest blog: Dr Marianne Coleman sheds light on her dementia and depth perception research project

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All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Eye Health and Visual Impairment meeting

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Fighting for Sight at 10,000 feet

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Adam Watson reflects on his personal journey with sight loss

Adam Watson lives with a degree of sight loss and has been inspired to join the Fight for Sight by tackling the eye2eye challenge to fundraise for more sight saving research.

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Patrick is running his first ever London Marathon to support keratoconus research

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Action Against AMD and BenevolentAI - new partnership to find a cure for the UK’s leading cause of sight loss

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Guest Blog: Sarah Coupland shares her career journey for International Women's Day

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Nightstar Therapeutics Announces Initiation of STAR Phase 3 Registrational Trial for NSR-REP1 in Choroideremia

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Our favourite fairy tales - and our fear of sight loss

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Dans le Noir and Fight for Sight invite you to dine in the dark

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Fight for Sight and Diabetes UK announce new research partnership

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MP Matt Western hears about Debbie’s fight for sight

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Four charities team up to fight for sight and tackle a leading cause of blindness

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Fight for Sight announces 13 new awards to fund vital eye research

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Fight for Sight opens call for Ophthalmology Trainee Research Network Awards

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New Year, new you? Join the Fight for Sight and take on a new challenge

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New research to help address Thyroid Eye Disease

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Fight for Sight response to the Spark Therapeutics price for Luxturna

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Funding research into a technological solution for repeated involuntary eye movement

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Eye know: New Year changes to your health habits could help save your sight

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Fight for Sight fundraiser honoured at the Lloyd's Market Charity Awards

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New trustees join the Fight for Sight

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Team Tilda’s fabulous fourth year of festive fundraising

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Fight for Sight response to the organ donation opt-out system proposal

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Guest blog: Dr Omar Mahroo discusses how funding enabled him to further his research

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“What I’d like for Christmas…” – a call to join the Fight for Sight

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Research priorities agreed to stop early age-related macular degeneration (AMD) turning into late AMD

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Is the government’s new industrial strategy a new chance for medical research charities to lead the way?

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Women in Vision UK breaking barriers in their field

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Why should a trainee ophthalmologist take time out to do research?

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Fight for Sight, Thomas Pocklington Trust and Esme’s Umbrella are funding vital research into Charles Bonnet Syndrome

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Fight for Sight response to the Accelerated Access Review

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Fight for Sight responds to Gordon Brown's story from his new memoir about his fears for his sight

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Fight for Sight on World Sight Day – “look me in the eye and say we can’t do more”

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Making the most of your Fight for Sight project grant

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Fight for Sight is supporting National Eye Health Week

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Charity golfers boost funds for eye research

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Researchers identify childhood blindness gene

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New patients required for pioneering X-linked RP clinical trial

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All eyes on the bar for Pint of Science pub talks

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Lord Low appointed Patron of Fight for Sight

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New eye test detects earliest signs of glaucoma

Researchers at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and the Western Eye Hospital have developed a new type of eye test for glaucoma.

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Pitch@Palace People’s Choice Award – Vote Now for NuVision

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Help our London Marathon runners reach their fundraising finish line

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