Information Evenings

We are delighted to be hosting Community Information Evenings in different counties all throughout Ireland.

Map of IrelandMembers of the public are invited to attend free of charge, to learn more about our charity and the support systems in place for people affected by sight loss, as well as recent breakthroughs in research into blindness. If you would like us to hold a Community Information Evening in your county , please contact our office on 01 709 3050 or email info@fightingblindness.ie. We would love to meet you.

Examples of people who have spoken at our information nights are:

Mary Lavelle: a counselling psychologist who is herself visually-impaired, will give an account of the professional counselling services available for those coping with the challenges of sight loss. The services include short-term crisis counselling, long-term individual psychotherapy, couple and family therapy, group therapy and support group meetings.

Avril Daly: CEO of Fighting Blindness, will provide an overview of the recent research developments in the area of vision loss, as well as the ongoing work of Fighting Blindness in highlighting the importance of the patient’s voice in the development of health policies. There will also be an opportunity to find out more about how to get involved with the charity as a volunteer.

Professor Tom Cotter: Professor Tom Cotter, who is based in University College Cork, will speak about the world-leading research projects funded by Fighting Blindness, a number of which are close to developing treatments and cures for some forms of blindness.

In addition, Fighting Blindness recently launched a national project, Target 3000: Gateway to VIsion. which aims to offer genetic screening over the next three years to every person in Ireland with an inherited eye condition causing blindness. Anyone affected by an inherited eye condition is encouraged to come along to the information evening to find out more about the initiative and to register for screening.

In Ireland alone more than 224,000 people are affected by sight loss, these include conditions such as Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP).