Visionaries – Winter 2014

Welcome to the Winter issue of Visionaries

Image of Avril DalyAs Christmas approaches we reflect on the year that has passed. 2014 has seen some significant movement in the field of vision research as we edge closer to clinical trials for some of the conditions affecting our members. We have seen the launch of the first National Rare Disease Plan for Ireland and are working with all stakeholders to ensure that this important policy is implemented. There has been significant support from Government for the adoption of a National Vision Strategy and we continue our work in this area as part of the National Vision Coalition. We are proud to represent your interests in this way so that all of our voices are heard in matters relating to sight loss and its impact.

We have had an extremely busy few months with some of our biggest events of the year taking place in November. The Glendalough Trail was a huge success on November 1, with more than 300 runners and walkers taking part and raising valuable funds for our work. The following weekend we welcomed more than 350 people, over the course of three days, to our annual Retina Conference, where members, patients and their families gathered together with scientists and eye doctors, to hear the latest news in vision research and therapy developments.

We also launched ‘A Guide to Conditions of the Retina’ in December, which we hope will be a valuable resource to you.

As always, we are eager hear from our members on all matters relating to our work, so please  get in touch if you have any questions or suggestions.

I wish you all a very joyful Christmas and a peaceful new year.

Avril Daly, Chief Executive


In this issue….


A Guide To Conditions Of The Retina

Retina 2014 Report

Diabetic RetinaScreen


MIST (Macular Support and Togetherness)

Insight Counselling Services

Message from John Delany


Patient Advocacy and Empowerment

HRB/MRCG Joint Funding Scheme

Get Involved

Message from Tony Ward

Paris2Nice Cycle

Mizen to Malin Cycle

Glendalough Trail

Cara Bundoran Challenge

Sporting Gala Dinner

Thank You

Upcoming Events

As you know every week in Ireland, five more people go blind … it is a race against time.  So we want to take a moment to say thank you this Christmas. Thank you for your on-going generosity and your continued commitment to a cure as a supporter of Fighting Blindness. To make a donation, please phone the office on 01 6789 004 or donate online here. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.