Clinicians and scientists are beginning to understand something that people with vision impairment have known for some timeâ”€simple measure of vision on a letter chart does not capture the impact of vision loss on quality of life, nor does it give us a complete picture of the benefits of treatments or services.
New research partnership targets relatives of people with glaucoma
MEDIA RELEASE Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt announced details of Partnership Projects – including a glaucoma project – being funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) recently.
All EYES ON DIABETES: Diabetes Victoria funds vital diabetes research
MEDIA RELEASE. As the leading charity working to reduce the impact of diabetes in the Victorian community, Diabetes Victoria continues its commitment to support promising diabetes research projects. For 2017, Diabetes Victoria has contributed $1.3 million to the $3.6 million Diabetes Australian Research Program (DARP) funding pool, directly supporting 17 Victorian researchers looking into better treatment and management options for all types of diabetes, as well as reducing the risk of well-documented serious health complications.
CERA researchers win $750,000 to help end endemic eye disease in remote and regional communities
MEDIA RELEASE. Researchers from the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) have won $750,000 after competing in today’s finals of the 2016 Google Impact Challenge held in Sydney.
National Eye Health Survey underway
The National Eye Health Survey is the first nationwide research of its kind to map the prevalence of major eye conditions in Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
Unravelling the mysteries of eye disease
EYE HEALTH HERO. Dr Kathy Davidson never thought she would see stem cell therapy come to fruition in her lifetime.
Blog: Vision Australia staff trained to manage depressive symptoms using problem-solving therapy
Depression is a serious health concern in Australia and affects approximately 1 in 3 individuals with low vision. For a person who has a vision impairment, depression can lead to increased levels of disability, reduced quality of life and interfere with and restrict rehabilitation outcomes (such as the use of optical devices and aids). Despite the availability of effective treatments, depression most often remains undetected and untreated in people with vision impairment.
Blog: Untangling the relationship between glucose and blood vessel function in the eye
My younger brother was four years old when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes mellitus. A previously well child, there were no obvious signs that his pancreas was under an insidious attack from his own immune system until his insulin ran out and he experienced dangerously high blood glucose levels.
Diabetes trial participants needed
Last November, CERA released the 'Out of Sight' report which identified that diabetes affects approximately one million Australian adults. The number is expected to double by the year 2025, posing major public health and economic concerns. However, little is known whether blood vessel dysfunction in the eye, which causes vision loss in people with diabetes, is due to the effects of high blood glucose (sugar) or an indirect result of chronic cell damage.