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Fight for Sight highlights sight loss stories in new campaign

The charity is raising awareness of the possibilities of eye research and the difference it can make to those living with sight loss

15 Jan 2020 by Andrew McClean

Fight for Sight has launched its 20 Voices for 2020 campaign, which shares the stories of people who have been affected by sight loss.

The stories are designed to highlight the personal impact of sight loss in the UK while raising awareness of the possibilities of eye research and the difference it can make.

The charity shared the story of 15-year-old Rose Roberts (pictured), who was diagnosed with Stargadt macular dystrophy when she was seven years old.

Speaking about her sight loss, Ms Roberts said: “When you suffer from an eye condition it’s not only your vision that’s impaired, it’s your ability to live your life as easily as others. Other people don’t realise how much they should treasure their eyesight until something happens to it. Eye research brings hope of new treatments to people with eye conditions.”

The 20 Voices for 2020 campaign is part of Fight for Sight’s wider plans for the year, which will include a research study showing the economic and personal impact of sight loss.

Head of research at Fight for Sight, Dr Rubina Ahmed, said: “We believe 2020 is the right time for us all to be investing more in new therapies to treat eye conditions, many of which are already stopping sight loss and blindness at clinical trial. If we can close the ‘1 to 20’ research funding gap, we can help so many more people like Rose.”

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