Optometry Today: Gene Editing Halts Vision Loss in Mice

18 August 2017
Source: Optometry Today

Researchers prevent abnormal blood vessel growth in the retina Scientists from the Schepens Eye Research Institute have prevented mice from developing angiogenesis of the retina using the gene-editing technique, CRISPR-Cas9. Angiogenesis involves the abnormal growth of blood cells on the surface of the retina. It occurs in several degenerative eye conditions including proliferative diabetic retinopathy, wet age-related macular degeneration and

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College of Optometrists issues eclipse warning. Solar Eclipse: UK advice

18 August 2017
Source: College of Optometrists

A total solar eclipse will cross the United States for the first time in 99 years on Monday and The College of Optometrists is warning people not to look directly at the sun during the event. Daniel Hardiman-McCartney, Clinical Adviser at the College of Optometrists explains; “While there will be a full solar eclipse in the US, we will only have a

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VISION 2020 UK hosts DAA webinar on Dementia and Sight Loss

17 August 2017
Source: VISION 2020 UK

On Thursday 20th August VISION 2020 UK hosted a webinar on Dementia and Sight loss as members of the Dementia Action Alliance. Matt Broom is the CEO of VISION 2020 UK, and June Neil is the UK Training and Development Manager (Older People with complex needs) at the RNIB (The Royal National Institute of Blind People). They spoke on issues around

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College of Optometrists welcomes new provider of its Higher Professional Certificate in Contact Lens Practice

17 August 2017
Source: College of Optometrists

Aston University’s Optometry School has been accredited as a new provider of the College’s Professional Higher Certificate in Contact Lens Practice. The resulting Higher Certificate will provide optometrists with the knowledge and clinical skills in the field of contact lens practice. The course will be delivered via blended learning; through a series of online lectures, two training days and an

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VISION 2020 UK response to the Civil Aviation Authority: Accessible air travel: Airport performance report 2016/17

17 August 2017
Source: VISION 2020 UK

VISION 2020 UK the umbrella organisation which leads collaboration and co-operation between organisations with an interest in eye health and sight loss welcomes the efforts that are being made by CAA to improve access to airports for blind and partially sighted air passengers. We note that there are many positive examples of progress but remain concerned that the provision of

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Update on Vision UK and Ambition Statement

17 August 2017
Source: Vision UK

The formation of Vision UK is in progress with registration underway with the Charities Commission to form a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. The transfer and secondment of staff is progressing and the team is coming together under the leadership of Keith Valentine, CEO. The initial meeting of the governance board to agree the structure of the organisation is presently being organised. As you

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Department of Health launches the updated Certificate of Vision Impairment Form and Explanatory Notes. With Key messages for different audiences

17 August 2017
Source: Department of Health

Background When a person’s sight loss reaches certain levels they are entitled, if consenting, to be certified as severely sight impaired or sight impaired by a Consultant Ophthalmologist. Certification should be seen as an opportunity for the patient to access support and services and not an end point. Certification of Visual Impairment became an NHS outcome measure/public health indicator for

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Fight for Sight: New Primer Fellowship Awards Launched

16 August 2017
Source: Fight for Sight

Today (16 August), Fight for Sight is launching its second grants round of 2017/18. As the leading eye research charity, they are determined to fully maximise the impact of the research they fund. They know their supporters expect this of them and they know that millions of people worldwide can benefit from the pioneering research that they fund. This year

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Alzheimers Society: Nominate now for a Dementia Friendly Award 2017

15 August 2017
Source: Alzheimer's Society

Deadline for nominations: 21 August Do you know someone who is leading and inspiring change by challenging isunderstandings, changing attitudes and raising awareness? We want to hear about people with dementia, carers, volunteers, professionals, fundraisers and others in the wider community, who make a real difference to the lives of people with dementia. The Dementia Friendly Awards 2017 will curate

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Royal College of Ophthalmologists: Working for the wider benefit: Letter in support of doctors undertaking national work for the benefit of health services

15 August 2017
Source: Royal College of Ophthalmologists

The four UK CMOs, the GMC Chair and the Medical Director of the NHSE have signed a letter to employers urging them to support doctors applying for absence to undertake national work for the benefit of health services. This was prompted by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and the RCOphth’s own Lay Advisory Group. The full letter is below,

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