From September 19 to 25, National Eye Health Week looks at the eye health challenges facing the UK and aims to help people see and feel better, writes David Cartwright, Chairman of National Eye Health Week
The number of people with sight loss in the UK is forecast to double over the next 20 years. The main reason is the UK's ageing population with one in five people aged over 75 challenged by poor eyesight. This report covers measures taken to research the nation's state of vision and what can be done for the future of eye health. It examines ways to catch sight problems early in children and how to reduce accidents on the roads with regular eye tests. It also looks at the advancements in bionic vision that have the potential to restore lost sight and how glasses have transformed from geeky essentials to fashion must-haves
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Technological innovations are revolutionising eyecare and giving hope to millions with lost or impaired sight
Research into eye disease is attracting healthy global investment and resulting in some promising treatments, notably using stem cells and gene therapy
Clinical trials are underway in the UK for a new “bionic” vision system with the potential to restore vision in patients with sight loss, writes Nicky Collinson.