Will you give the gift of sight and change someone’s life this Christmas?
Your gift could be the best Christmas present macular degeneration patients ever receive.
Over half a million people in the UK won’t see very much of Christmas at all this year.
That’s because they’re suffering from age-related macular degeneration. And for many of them, the image above is a pretty accurate representation of what Christmas might look for them.
This Christmas, will you give a donation to help change someone’s life by giving them the gift of sight?
Age-related macular generation is the most common form of severe sight loss in the UK. People with the ‘wet’ form of the condition lose the central portion of their sight. The middle of what they are looking at is replaced with a dark patch.
But if it is caught early, then wet age-related macular degeneration can be treated – although the available treatments they must endure to save their sight are far from ideal.
For the rest of their lives, patients like Jonathan must travel to their local eye unit as often as every four weeks to receive multiple injections directly into the affected eyeball. Although not painful, it is a highly invasive treatment. For some patients, it can also cause eye infections. And it can’t undo existing damage to the eye and restore the sight macular degeneration has taken from them.
It is the only treatment option currently available to people living macular degeneration. And whilst they often find it difficult to adjust to living a new life with this continuous treatment, it is the only they can halt the further degeneration of their sight and maintain their independence.
Can our researchers count on your support this Christmas to help change the lives of people living with wet age-related macular degeneration?
Fight for Sight researchers, Professor Alastair Denniston and Dr Lisa Hill at the University of Birmingham are investigating a new form of immunotherapy that could change their lives. New, highly targeted anti-inflammatory molecules could be administered in the form of an eye drop, administered by patients themselves at home. It could promise an end to invasive injections into the eye and endless hospital visits, giving them the freedom to get on with their lives.
Our studies have shown that it works. But we can't finish the job without your support.
We know that revolutionary science can change lives. We've proven it before. With you behind us this Christmas, we can continue to change lives today and transform many, many more tomorrow.