World Sight Day
It is projected that sight loss will affect 4 million people by 2050. The worrying statistic mirrors the increase in age- related eye diseases due to an aging population, as well as the chronic underfunding in eye research.
While an aging population does carry an inherent risk for sight loss, it is a myth to view it as inevitable. Through focused research into common eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy, outcomes can change.
World Sight Day highlights that 82% of people registered as blind or partially sighted in the UK lost their sight due to eye disease. Astonishingly, despite eye issues accounting for 10% of NHS outpatient appointments, they receive less than 1.5% of overall research funding.
Sight Research UK has a singular focus on rigorous and impactful research into eye conditions. They do not endorse any specific institution, ensuring their research is unbiased, comprehensive, and groundbreaking. While they may not provide community support directly, their role complements that of other charities. Through meticulous research, Sight Research UK guides individuals towards the answers and resources they critically need.
Ros spoke to Charlotte Parkin, CEO at Sight Research UK.
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