Over the past seven years, thyroid eye disease (TED) or Graves’ Orbitopathy (thyroid disease is often known as Graves’ Disease) has finally started to get the attention it needs. The European Group On Graves’ Orbitopathy (EUGOGO) has led an international drive to improve the care of patients with TED, and 84 organisations co-signed the 1999 Amsterdam Declaration for people with TED, pledging to improve patient care.
There are currently around 38m active social media accounts in the UK; that's around one account for every two people. This number rockets to two billion on a global scale. And while there's no hard stats, I'd bet that a decent percentage of these users are blind or partially sighted - there's two million people in the UK alone living with sight loss, after all.
Researchers funded by Fight for Sight and the Special Trustees of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have designed a new test that can spot the first stages of sight loss in age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The test could lead to earlier diagnosis for millions of people worldwide.
In the first year of a two-year partnership between RNIB and Yorkshire’s local fire service, over 3,000 older people have benefited from eye health advice thanks to a project aimed to help identify people with sight loss through routine home fire checks.