Very little government medical funding goes to help scientists carry out research into eye diseases and conditions that often blight peoples’ lives.
So Heather Fearfield was delighted to be asked to film at the Moorfields Eye Charity event last Wednesday evening where scientists unveiled their plans for new research and patients were thanked for raising much needed finance.
Hundreds of patients last year took part in a sponsored walk from Moorfields Hospital through the City of London to Southbank and it is hoped that many more will join them in March 2016 for another annual walk.
But the good news is that you do not have to wait to register. You can put your name down now through www.moorfields.nhs.uk/eye2eye.
Professor Pete Coffey (pictured) discussed how his work with stem cell technology aims to cure blindness in patients suffering from macular degeneration. He says so much can be detected in the cells at the back of the eye and this is helping scientists also learn how to help with other diseases such as dementia and cardio-vascular problems.
Another use of research is in developing techniques to detect eye disease earlier. Professor Coffey says blindness is a huge burden to carry and continued financial support is much needed.
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