OnMedica: GPs poorly informed about degenerative eye disease, survey suggests

24 February 2017
Source: OnMedica

Patients with macular degeneration are not getting the help and support they need from their GPs to manage and treat their condition properly, suggests research* published in the online journal BMJ Open. GPs don’t seem to be very well informed, and the lack of timely information from optometrists and eye specialists may be leading to more patients being registered sight

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Design project on improving the emotional wellbeing of the visually-impaired

24 February 2017
Source: Emily Cheng RCA

*This survey is intended for visually-impaired people* Hi, I’m a Service Design student at the Royal College of Art (RCA) working on a design project to improve emotional wellbeing for the visually-impaired, by engaging with memories through multi-sensory experience, particularly exploring the area of olfaction. To better understand your current situation and identify design opportunities to help you and others,

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Free Futurelearn Online Course on Global blindness – Starts 20 February 2017! But still time to catch up

24 February 2017
Source: International Centre for Eye Health and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

On Monday 20 February 2017, the International Centre for Eye Health and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine are re-running the successful free online course on Global Blindness with the help of its partners FutureLearn. Join over 5,000 people who have already taken the course and register your interest at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/global-blindness What is this course about? This free online

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EU Court decision gives visually impaired and blind people access to more published works

22 February 2017
Source: Optical Confederation

People who are blind or visually impaired across Europe will have greater access to published works, following a decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on 14 February that the European Union (EU) has the power to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty.

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Chief Executive of Royal Blind to step down

20 February 2017
Source: Royal Blind

The Chief Executive of Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded has announced his retirement. Richard Hellewell has said he will retire from his position as Chief Executive in July 2017, after leading the two charities for the last ten years. During his time, Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded achieved significant development and growth. Royal Blind established two adult residential

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Guide for employment professionals

16 February 2017
Source: RNIB

RNIB and the Institute of Employability Professionals have joined together to create a guide outlining what good employment support for blind and partially sighted people looks like. We want to equip employment professionals with the knowledge, tools and confidence to support working age people with sight loss to find or stay in work, and to ensure specialist provision is offered

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