How you can support Westminster Eye Health Day
The Eyes Have It is a partnership that includes Fight for Sight / Vision Foundation. In December, the Partnership will host Westminster Eye Health Day and publish a report that supports calls for a National Eye Care Plan in England. Please support us by getting your MP to attend.
National Eye Health Week 2023: What can your eyes tell you about your general health?
Looking after your eyes is vital for all of us, as early diagnosis can lead to better interventions. Besides safeguarding your sight, regular eye tests could also reveal other underlying physiological issues. The eyes can effectively be a window to your health, revealing cues from neurological conditions to eyelid cancer.
World Mitochondrial Disease Week 2023: How can understanding mitochondria, the powerhouses of the cells, advance our understanding of eye conditions?
It’s World Mitochondrial Disease Week (18-24 September), but how much do you know about mitochondria? Understanding more about these remarkable ‘organelles’, which power so many of the cells in our body, could be key to unlocking treatment for eye diseases. Read on to find out what they do and the work we’re funding to unearth their secrets.
From Small Grant Award to groundbreaking findings in Parkinson’s Disease
Exciting new research has shown that eye scans can detect neurodegenerative diseases up to seven years earlier than current techniques can!
5 facts about ocular mucous membrane pemphigoid
Sight loss may result from other underlying conditions. Ocular mucous membrane pemphigoid occurs when someone has a specific auto-immune disease. Our article explains more.
How Small Grant Awards make a big impact
Fight for Sight’s Small Grant Awards support early-stage research that, without our support, might not get the funding they need.
Six ways data is advancing our understanding of eye diseases
Building datasets of information or ‘banks’ of data can increase our knowledge of conditions, including eye diseases, or accelerate treatments.
Q&A: Talking Assistive Technology with Dr Nasser Siabi, OBE
Keith chats about assistive technology with Dr Nasser Siabi, OBE. Nasser is the CEO of Microlink PC, which aims to provide disability management and assistive tech to the workplace. He was awarded an OBE in 2011 for his contribution to helping over 300,000 disabled people transition from education into work. He is also a founding member of the British Assistive Technology Association (BATA) and part of the DWP Disability Employer Engagement steering group. The Q&A below is a summary of a podcast between Keith and Nasser, recorded in June 2023.
Five fascinating facts about cataracts
Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Alongside age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma, they will see the number of people living with eye conditions jump to 3.5 million by 2050 as the population ages. Here, we present five facts you may not know.
Seven Thank Yous for Thank You Day 2023. Who would you like to thank?
Today is "thank you" day. It is a day to thank Unsung Heroes in the community. As a charity with a mission to save sight and change lives, many people support us, and we'd like to take this opportunity to thank them.
World Wellbeing Week 2023: Working to improve wellbeing for people who are blind and visually impaired
The last week in June is #World Wellbeing Week, an opportunity to raise awareness of the different elements of wellbeing. At Fight for Sight/Vision Foundation, we're working to save sight and change lives and are committed to considering the wellbeing of everyone affected by sight loss.
Five research projects we’re funding to tackle age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of permanent and severe sight loss in the UK. For Macular Week 2023 (June 19-25), we've listed five of many research projects we have funded or are funding to improve prevention, understanding and treatment.
Five FAQs about Age-related macular degeneration, Macular Week, 2023
This week is Macular Week, so we have created five FAQs about Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).
5 FAQs about Stargardt macular dystrophy
Stargardt macular dystrophy (or Stargardt disease) is a genetic eye condition that causes progressive central sight loss. Here are 5 FAQs to help you to understand the condition.
5 ways artificial intelligence (AI) is supporting sight loss research
The spotlight is on AI's potential and pitfalls, with PM Rishi Sunak announcing that the UK will host a global safety summit. We explore the potential of AI in sight loss research and to support people with visual impairments.
5 FAQs about diabetes and eye health: Diabetes Awareness Week 2023
For Diabetes Awareness Week, we explore the link between diabetes and the eye and answer FAQs about Diabetic Retinopathy.
Large-scale genetic analysis of hereditary eye diseases, including RP
Future clinical and genetic trials could benefit from an Argentinian study of 600 families and 770 patients with hereditary eye diseases.
A Sporting chance – volunteer at the IBSA World Games
For the first time, the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) World Games are coming to the UK. The games will be hosted in Birmingham, and those involved are keen to encourage visually-impaired people to volunteer at the event.
The case for investing in eye health
Investing in eye health care could relieve pressure on the National Health Service and prevent sight loss in people across the UK. Read the full report
Eye Health Care Strategy for England: Westminster Debate
A Westminster Hall debate brought by MP Marsha de Cordova on the urgent need for a National Eye Health Strategy garnered cross-party support last week. We explore the key elements discussed.
What is GAAD, and why does it matter to people with visual impairments?
Thursday, May 18, is GAAD, short for Global Accessibility Awareness Day. In this blog, we explore what GAAD is and why in its 12th year, it’s more relevant than ever. We also discuss assistive technology and where to find more information if you need support.
World Retinoblastoma Awareness Week 14-20 May 2023
14-20 May is World Retinoblastoma Awareness Week. To raise awareness, we present key facts about this rare condition.
Where do sight conditions get their name, and what can that tell you about them?
A sight loss diagnosis is a life-changing event, and many will want to understand the condition, what it means for them, and how they will live their life.
DNA Day 2023: 5 research breakthroughs we are funding that owe a debt to the Human Genome Project
April 25 is DNA Day. For 2023 the year holds special significance as it marks the 20th anniversary of the Human Genome Project’s completion and the 70th anniversary of the DNA double helix discovery. These pioneering discoveries have enabled us to fund ground-breaking projects, which can lead to the early identification, treatment and potential reversal of sight loss. We reveal five sight loss breakthroughs that are indebted to pioneering genome research.
London Marathon 2023: running for research is a family affair
Nick Tuftnell and his stepson Jude are running the London Marathon 2023 to raise money for Fight for Sight. Nick has choroideremia.
Small acts, Big impact - Microvolunteering Day 2023
For microvolunteering day, we have provided a list of 7 simple ways you can support us. We've merged with Vision Foundation uniting two bold missions in one dynamic new organisation. Together, we'll combine breakthrough research and life-changing services to build a better world for blind and partially sighted people. There are now more ways than ever to volunteer with us.
Genetic Test to identify children at high-risk of short-sightedness
Thanks to research funded by Fight for Sight, it will soon be easier to identify children at a high risk of short-sightedness or myopia in later life. A research team led by scientists at Cardiff University has developed a genetic test that will identify an increased risk of myopia.
World Health Day: Focus on Eye Health
Exploring the global state of eye health for World Health Day 2023. We have listed 8 ways we are working to save sight and change lives.
Cost of Living Crisis, support can’t wait.
Today, charities are taking to social media to highlight that the cost-of-living crisis has disproportionately impacted disabled people. We are joining them in raising awareness and highlighting practical support that's available.
Ophthalmology services hit by staff shortages and NHS delays
Reports reveal a backlog of NHS eye appointments and a shortage of skilled ophthalmologists
Spring into action with fundraising ideas for brighter days on the first day of spring
March 20 is officially the first day of spring. As the nights get lighter and the weather brightens, why not ‘spring into action’ with our fundraising ideas?
Swing into action to tackle sight loss with the 28th Annual Golf Fundraiser
Enjoy golf? Fancy a great day out and an opportunity to “golf for good?” We are delighted to announce the 28th annual fundraiser at Warwickshire’s Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club.
Inspiring female researchers International Women’s Day 2023
Fight for Sight is privileged to be helping to fund some inspiring female researchers. For International Women's Day, we celebrate their careers.
Cheering on female fundraisers on International Women’s Day 2023
On International Women's Day, we're celebrating some inspiring female fundraisers.