Information Evening in Letterkenny for People Living With Sight Loss

Media Release

July 1, 2015

Information Evening in Letterkenny for People Living With Sight Loss

Where: Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny

When: Thursday, July 16, 7pm – 9pm

Irish patient-led charity Fighting Blindness will host a patient information evening for people and families affected by, and members of the public interested in, conditions causing sight loss. The event will focus on rare genetic conditions that cause severe vision impairment, such as retinitis pigmentosa (RP), Usher syndrome, Stargardt disease, cone-rod dystrophies and many others.

There are 7,895 people in Donegal living with severe vision impairment. This event is part of the on-going work of Fighting Blindness to raise awareness about different types of vision loss and provide information to people affected.

Caitriona Dunne, Communications and Advocacy Executive with Fighting Blindness said: “The rare genetic conditions that this evening will concentrate on are extremely complex. We want to ensure that people living with these conditions have access to information that is easy to understand and to appropriate supports. We are very grateful to local eye doctors in the area who have invited us to Letterkenny for this event.”

The information event will take place in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny on Thursday, July 16 from 7pm – 9pm. It is free of charge and is open to all members of the public. You can register for the event at www.FightingBlindness.ie or by contacting Caitríona Dunne on 01 6789 004 or communications@fightingblindness.ie.

Fighting Blindness is funding research in a number of institutions in Ireland to find treatments for conditions causing sight loss and provides a telephone counselling service for people and families affected by sight loss. Further information is available at www.FightingBlindness.ie.

For enquiries please contact:

Caitríona Dunne, Communications and Advocacy Executive, Fighting Blindness

caitriona.dunne@fightingblindness.ie

01 6789 004 / 085 191 6312

Notes to Editor

About Fighting Blindness

Fighting Blindness is an Irish patient-led charity funding and enabling world-leading research into treatments and cures for blindness. It provides a professional counselling service to support people affected by sight loss. Through education and advocacy Fighting Blindness works to empower everyone in Ireland living with severe vision impairment.

Fighting Blindness is involved with rare, genetic, age-related and degenerative conditions and represents the 224,000 adults and children in Ireland who are affected by severe vision impairment.

Please call 01 6789 004  for more information.