The university of Glasgow Caledonian, in conjunction with Yorkhill Children's Charity are beginning work on researching possible drugs for the treatment of Leber's Congenital Amaurosis in young people.
The Macular Society's, 'Is It Real?' campaign has received the backing of Prime Minister David Cameron following its second phase launch during National No Smoking Day 2015. The campaign focuses on creating awareness in children, and indeed people of every age, of the dangers that smoking can bring to a persons long term visual health.
Inline with its £30m campaign to provide 1 million people with restored vision, Sightsavers have broadcast the first successful cataract operation globally which was performed on Winesi March.
The military charity for blind ex-service men and women, Blind Veterans UK, has recently been donated over £1,100 by Chris Bennett, an editor at Optician, following his completion of a 104 mile bike challenge to raise money for the charity. Blind Veterans UK is an Optician Award charity partner.
Following October the 9th's World Sight Day, a research project carried out by Orbis indicates that over 9 in 10 UK adults didn't consider their sight to be the most important health concern in their lives.
The Royal National Institute of Blind People have launched a month long campaign called RNIB Read with the help of Countdown presenter Rachel Riley. Riley, who has also appeared on the popular TV show Strictly Come Dancing is the face behind the move to make more books available and accessible for those with sight loss.
Rodenstock, the leading German manufacturer of ophthalmic lenses and glasses frames, has released what it describers as its 'best progressive lens of all time.' The new Impression FreeSign 3 offers amongst other features improved image stability and aesthetics with its ultra thin form.
A recent survey by the UK Vision Strategy and Royal College of General Practitioners has shown that large proportions of GP's in the UK are not confident in their abilities to diagnose eye related complaints and problems.
Australian scientists have discovered a link between long term vision damage and the drug sildenafil, a common treatment for male sufferers of erectile dysfunction. The treatment, more commonly known through brands such as Viagra, appears to have an effect on a persons phototransduction when taken, by affecting the enzyme PDE6.
With Stoptober now upon us following National Eye Health Week, the Macular Society have published survey results that indicate many of the people elected to look after our well being, Members of Parliament, are unaware of the risks and consequences smoking can have on a persons vision.