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Winter edition of Visionaries out now!

The bumper Christmas edition of Visionaries is out now! It contains a full report from the Retina 2016 Conference as well as an update on all areas of Fighting Blindness. Visionaries is available in a number of accessible formats below. If you would like to request a print copy, please contact us at or call 01… Read more »

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Retina 2016 – Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who attended Retina 2016  in Dublin in the last few days! Over 450 scientists, clinicians, industry , people living with vision loss and their families attended the different events over three days  We are very grateful to all our speakers, panelists, sponsors, volunteers, media spokespeople and delegates for making this our biggest… Read more »

As Scientists and Clinicians Gather from Around the Globe for Major Retina Conference, Fighting Blindness Calls for Urgent Publication & Implementation of Primary Care Eye Services Report

– More comprehensive approach required to address ophthalmology hospital in-patient and day case waiting lists as more than 13,000 wait months for eye appointments and procedures, with one in four waiting over a year – – Conference hears from scientist who created “retina in a dish”, the Fastest Paralympian on the Planet, and Ireland’s only… Read more »

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Budget 2017

Social Welfare Payments Fighting Blindness welcomes the increase of €5 per week to the Blind Pension and the increase in the Christmas Bonus which were announced as part of Budget 2017. However we are disappointed that the increase to the Blind Pension will not take effect and have an impact for people until March 2017…. Read more »

Mum’s marathon effort to help fight blindness

Evening Echo, September 17, 2016 Mum’s marathon effort to help fight blindness By Sarah Horgan A MOTHER of three will run for the charity who helped restore hope after a devastating disease left her legally blind. Angela Ginnell, from Glanmire, was diagnosed with the degenerative condition Stargardt disease while pregnant with her youngest daughter, three-year-old… Read more »

AMD Week 2016 – Never Miss the Wonder

New research reveals that over half of adults are unaware of Age-Related Macular Degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in people over 50 in Ireland. People over 50 at greater risk of AMD and urged to avail of free testing this week to Never Miss the Wonder in their lives. New research reveals Machu Picchu… Read more »

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Latest Issue of Visionaries Magazine !

Visionaries is a quarterly newsletter that keeps you up to date with Fighting Blindness news, events and research. Visionaries is available in a number of formats via the links below or you can request a print copy by contacting us at or 01 6789 004. Download a PDF version of Visionaries – Autumn 2016 here. You… Read more »

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‘Never Miss the Wonder’ campaign highlights importance of testing for age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

Nationwide photograph competition announced to find the wonders in everyday life Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness for over 50s in Ireland(1) Ambassador Mary Kennedy urges people over 50 to appreciate the wonders in their everyday lives and avail of free AMD eye test A campaign to encourage those aged 50… Read more »