Fighting Blindness Canada

Fighting Blindness Canada Vision: To restore hope and sight. For over 46 years, Fighting Blindness Canada has invested in the best, most promising vision research to drive treatments and cures for blinding eye diseases.

Investment in research has led to vision-saving treatments for age-related macular degeneration, diabetic macular edema, and glaucoma. Today we are entering a new era where research to understand the causes of vision loss is being translated into treatments for inherited retinal diseases.

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11/10/2021
Eye on the Cure

Taking place November 13th, Eye on the Cure is a new awards competition presented by FBC.

It provides support towards our mission to advance new treatments and cures for blinding eye diseases. Money raised from each ticket sold will directly fund scientists behind ground-breaking vision therapies.

Learn more and get your ticket https://www.fightingblindness.ca/fbceyeonthecure/

#eyeonthecure #researchers #awards #competition #vote #visionloss #sightloss #blind #blindness

This month, we have several updates in research news.Researchers at University of Virginia have discovered evidence sugg...
11/09/2021

This month, we have several updates in research news.

Researchers at University of Virginia have discovered evidence suggesting antidepressant fluoxetine, commonly known as Prozac, may be used to treat dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Also, a study published with JAMA Network Open found a link between vision loss and cognitive declines in memory, language, and attention.

Finally, we are thrilled to share advances published by two FBC-funded researchers Dr. Vince Tropepe of the University of Toronto and Dr. Robert Molday of the University of British Columbia!

Learn more at https://www.fightingblindness.ca/news/research-news/

#researchnews #research #AMD #visionloss #IRD #StargardtDisease #Stargardts

This month, we have several updates in research news.

Researchers at University of Virginia have discovered evidence suggesting antidepressant fluoxetine, commonly known as Prozac, may be used to treat dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Also, a study published with JAMA Network Open found a link between vision loss and cognitive declines in memory, language, and attention.

Finally, we are thrilled to share advances published by two FBC-funded researchers Dr. Vince Tropepe of the University of Toronto and Dr. Robert Molday of the University of British Columbia!

Learn more at https://www.fightingblindness.ca/news/research-news/

#researchnews #research #AMD #visionloss #IRD #StargardtDisease #Stargardts

Join us November 24 from 4 to 5:30 PM for our latest View Point Webinar on Diabetic Vision Loss: Prevention and Manageme...
11/08/2021

Join us November 24 from 4 to 5:30 PM for our latest View Point Webinar on Diabetic Vision Loss: Prevention and Management.

In this informative session, Dr. Bernard Hurley will talk about steps you can take to prevent diabetic eye complications. If you are affected by diabetic retinopathy or diabetic macular edema (DME) strategies for managing these conditions will also be discussed.

Register via the following link https://bit.ly/3CKWAbF

#diabetes #diabetic #blind #viewpoint #webinar

Join us November 24 from 4 to 5:30 PM for our latest View Point Webinar on Diabetic Vision Loss: Prevention and Management.

In this informative session, Dr. Bernard Hurley will talk about steps you can take to prevent diabetic eye complications. If you are affected by diabetic retinopathy or diabetic macular edema (DME) strategies for managing these conditions will also be discussed.

Register via the following link https://bit.ly/3CKWAbF

#diabetes #diabetic #blind #viewpoint #webinar

Is there a birthday celebration coming up? Dedicate a gift to help fight blindness in honour of a loved one's birthday. ...
11/07/2021

Is there a birthday celebration coming up? Dedicate a gift to help fight blindness in honour of a loved one's birthday. Set up a gift by selecting 'Special Occasion’ at https://bit.ly/3mFpzbt
#birthdaygift #gift #donate #donation #visionloss #hcsm #hcldr

Is there a birthday celebration coming up? Dedicate a gift to help fight blindness in honour of a loved one's birthday. Set up a gift by selecting 'Special Occasion’ at https://bit.ly/3mFpzbt
#birthdaygift #gift #donate #donation #visionloss #hcsm #hcldr

Eye on the Cure takes place November 13th!  Join us for the opportunity to watch and vote, and get to know the research ...
11/06/2021

Eye on the Cure takes place November 13th! Join us for the opportunity to watch and vote, and get to know the research finalists!

Get your tickets now: https://www.fightingblindness.ca/fbceyeonthecure/

#eyeonthecure #researchers #awards #competition #vote #blind

Eye on the Cure takes place November 13th! Join us for the opportunity to watch and vote, and get to know the research finalists!

Get your tickets now: https://www.fightingblindness.ca/fbceyeonthecure/

#eyeonthecure #researchers #awards #competition #vote #blind

Imagine the hope you can give by joining our Monthly Giving Program.Monthly donations provide a reliable source of fundi...
11/05/2021

Imagine the hope you can give by joining our Monthly Giving Program.

Monthly donations provide a reliable source of funding that ensures Fighting Blindness Canada can make long-term investments in vision research.

Join today! You can fuel discoveries that will change the lives of people living with blinding eye diseases.

To set up monthly donations, contact Josie at [email protected] 1.800.461.3331 X 262.

#eyehealth #canadianhealthcare #donate #visionresearch #nonprofit #hcsm

Imagine the hope you can give by joining our Monthly Giving Program.

Monthly donations provide a reliable source of funding that ensures Fighting Blindness Canada can make long-term investments in vision research.

Join today! You can fuel discoveries that will change the lives of people living with blinding eye diseases.

To set up monthly donations, contact Josie at [email protected] 1.800.461.3331 X 262.

#eyehealth #canadianhealthcare #donate #visionresearch #nonprofit #hcsm

Our eye disease pages serve as resources designed to help community members learn more about diagnoses, causes, and othe...
11/04/2021

Our eye disease pages serve as resources designed to help community members learn more about diagnoses, causes, and other important related details.

Learn more via the following link https://www.fightingblindness.ca/eyehealth/eye-diseases/

#visionloss #blind #blindness #eyediseases #eyehealth #resource #fightingblindness

Our eye disease pages serve as resources designed to help community members learn more about diagnoses, causes, and other important related details.

Learn more via the following link https://www.fightingblindness.ca/eyehealth/eye-diseases/

#visionloss #blind #blindness #eyediseases #eyehealth #resource #fightingblindness

FBC’s award competition Eye on the Cure takes place November 13th!  Join us for the opportunity to watch and vote. Get t...
11/03/2021

FBC’s award competition Eye on the Cure takes place November 13th! Join us for the opportunity to watch and vote. Get to know the research finalists!

Get your tickets now: https://www.fightingblindness.ca/fbceyeonthecure/

#eyeonthecure #researchers #awards #competition #vote #visionloss #sightloss #blind #blindness

FBC’s award competition Eye on the Cure takes place November 13th! Join us for the opportunity to watch and vote. Get to know the research finalists!

Get your tickets now: https://www.fightingblindness.ca/fbceyeonthecure/

#eyeonthecure #researchers #awards #competition #vote #visionloss #sightloss #blind #blindness

Every month, Fighting Blindness Canada sends out an e-newsletter to keep community members informed on the latest in tre...
11/02/2021

Every month, Fighting Blindness Canada sends out an e-newsletter to keep community members informed on the latest in treatments, research news, and more. Subscribe via the following link https://bit.ly/2ZCKOSk.
#news #researchnews #blind #visionloss #fightingblindness #signup

Every month, Fighting Blindness Canada sends out an e-newsletter to keep community members informed on the latest in treatments, research news, and more. Subscribe via the following link https://bit.ly/2ZCKOSk.
#news #researchnews #blind #visionloss #fightingblindness #signup

Les deux enfants de Charmain – Jenna, 21 ans, et Adam, 17 ans – sont nés avec une rétinite pigmentaire, une maladie géné...
11/01/2021

Les deux enfants de Charmain – Jenna, 21 ans, et Adam, 17 ans – sont nés avec une rétinite pigmentaire, une maladie génétique qui entraîne une perte de vision.

« D’une certaine manière, mes enfants sont comme tous les autres jeunes : ils agissent de la même manière, ont la même attitude et aiment les mêmes choses que tout le monde », explique Charmain. « Mais il y a élément de plus. Ils interagissent différemment avec le monde qui les entoure. En tant que parent, c’est ardu de les voir se démener ainsi dans leurs interactions sociales, éprouver des difficultés à forger des amitiés et se battre pour des mesures d’adaptation à l’école. »

Voir leur vision se détériorer me brise le cœur, surtout quand on sait que cela peut être évité.

« Pour nous, l’accès à ce traitement est une nécessité. Sur le plan personnel, il contribuera à préserver leur qualité de vie et leur autonomie. Il leur permettra de trouver un emploi et de le conserver. Et d’un point de vue sociétal pragmatique, il éliminera leur besoin d’une aide gouvernementale supplémentaire », explique Charmain.

La perte de vision et la cécité évitables constituent une crise croissante au Canada, mais l’accès à des traitements novateurs peut changer la vie de personnes comme Jenna, Adam et bien d’autres.

Prêtez votre voix pour demander au gouvernement canadien d’élaborer une stratégie nationale de santé oculaire en disant #stopàlacécitéévitable. Signez la pétition aujourd’hui à https://www.fightingblindness.ca/fr/stop-a-la-perte-de-vision/

Les deux enfants de Charmain – Jenna, 21 ans, et Adam, 17 ans – sont nés avec une rétinite pigmentaire, une maladie génétique qui entraîne une perte de vision.

« D’une certaine manière, mes enfants sont comme tous les autres jeunes : ils agissent de la même manière, ont la même attitude et aiment les mêmes choses que tout le monde », explique Charmain. « Mais il y a élément de plus. Ils interagissent différemment avec le monde qui les entoure. En tant que parent, c’est ardu de les voir se démener ainsi dans leurs interactions sociales, éprouver des difficultés à forger des amitiés et se battre pour des mesures d’adaptation à l’école. »

Voir leur vision se détériorer me brise le cœur, surtout quand on sait que cela peut être évité.

« Pour nous, l’accès à ce traitement est une nécessité. Sur le plan personnel, il contribuera à préserver leur qualité de vie et leur autonomie. Il leur permettra de trouver un emploi et de le conserver. Et d’un point de vue sociétal pragmatique, il éliminera leur besoin d’une aide gouvernementale supplémentaire », explique Charmain.

La perte de vision et la cécité évitables constituent une crise croissante au Canada, mais l’accès à des traitements novateurs peut changer la vie de personnes comme Jenna, Adam et bien d’autres.

Prêtez votre voix pour demander au gouvernement canadien d’élaborer une stratégie nationale de santé oculaire en disant #stopàlacécitéévitable. Signez la pétition aujourd’hui à https://www.fightingblindness.ca/fr/stop-a-la-perte-de-vision/

Both of Charmain’s children – Jenna, 21, and Adam, 17 – were born with retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic disorder that cau...
11/01/2021

Both of Charmain’s children – Jenna, 21, and Adam, 17 – were born with retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic disorder that causes vision loss.

“In some ways, my kids are just like every other young person – they act the same way, have the same attitude, and enjoy the same things as everyone else,” Charmain says. “But there’s an added layer. They access the world differently. Watching them navigate social interactions, develop friendships, and struggle with accommodations at school is hard for me as a parent.”

Seeing their vision deteriorate has been heartbreaking, especially knowing it’s preventable.

“To us, access to this treatment is a necessity. On a personal level, it will help maintain their quality of life and independence. It will allow them to gain and maintain employment. And from a pragmatic societal standpoint, it will eliminate their need for further government assistance,” explains Charmain.

Preventable vision loss and blindness is a growing crisis in Canada but access to innovative therapies can change lives for people like Jenna, Adam and many others.

Lend your voice to ask the Canadian government to create a national vision health strategy and #StopPreventableBlindness. Sign the petition today at www.stopvisionloss.ca.

Both of Charmain’s children – Jenna, 21, and Adam, 17 – were born with retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic disorder that causes vision loss.

“In some ways, my kids are just like every other young person – they act the same way, have the same attitude, and enjoy the same things as everyone else,” Charmain says. “But there’s an added layer. They access the world differently. Watching them navigate social interactions, develop friendships, and struggle with accommodations at school is hard for me as a parent.”

Seeing their vision deteriorate has been heartbreaking, especially knowing it’s preventable.

“To us, access to this treatment is a necessity. On a personal level, it will help maintain their quality of life and independence. It will allow them to gain and maintain employment. And from a pragmatic societal standpoint, it will eliminate their need for further government assistance,” explains Charmain.

Preventable vision loss and blindness is a growing crisis in Canada but access to innovative therapies can change lives for people like Jenna, Adam and many others.

Lend your voice to ask the Canadian government to create a national vision health strategy and #StopPreventableBlindness. Sign the petition today at www.stopvisionloss.ca.

La plupart des cas de perte de vision et de cécité peuvent être évités. Des examens oculaires réguliers et des traitemen...
11/01/2021

La plupart des cas de perte de vision et de cécité peuvent être évités. Des examens oculaires réguliers et des traitements novateurs peuvent faire une grande différence, mais le gouvernement canadien doit les rendre plus accessibles à la population.

Apprenez-en davantage sur le mouvement pour dire #stopàlacécitéévitable et exhortez le gouvernement à agir en signant la pétition exigeant un plan national de santé oculaire à https://www.fightingblindness.ca/fr/stop-a-la-perte-de-vision/

La plupart des cas de perte de vision et de cécité peuvent être évités. Des examens oculaires réguliers et des traitements novateurs peuvent faire une grande différence, mais le gouvernement canadien doit les rendre plus accessibles à la population.

Apprenez-en davantage sur le mouvement pour dire #stopàlacécitéévitable et exhortez le gouvernement à agir en signant la pétition exigeant un plan national de santé oculaire à https://www.fightingblindness.ca/fr/stop-a-la-perte-de-vision/

Most vision loss and blindness cases can be prevented. Regular eye exams and innovative therapies can make a significant...
11/01/2021

Most vision loss and blindness cases can be prevented. Regular eye exams and innovative therapies can make a significant difference – but the Canadian government must make them more accessible for all Canadians.

Learn more about the movement to #StopPreventableBlindness and urge the government to take action by signing the petition for a national vision health plan at www.stopvisionloss.ca

Most vision loss and blindness cases can be prevented. Regular eye exams and innovative therapies can make a significant difference – but the Canadian government must make them more accessible for all Canadians.

Learn more about the movement to #StopPreventableBlindness and urge the government to take action by signing the petition for a national vision health plan at www.stopvisionloss.ca

FBC donors fund research across Canada & around the world. This research is the primary tool for identifying causes, tre...
10/30/2021

FBC donors fund research across Canada & around the world. This research is the primary tool for identifying causes, treatments &, ultimately, cures for eyes diseases. Learn more about the latest projects here: https://bit.ly/2XptAqz
#researchnews #fightingblindness #hcsm #hcldr

FBC donors fund research across Canada & around the world. This research is the primary tool for identifying causes, treatments &, ultimately, cures for eyes diseases. Learn more about the latest projects here: https://bit.ly/2XptAqz
#researchnews #fightingblindness #hcsm #hcldr

View Point is FBC's virtual education series bringing you the latest in vision health and research that's free to all pa...
10/29/2021

View Point is FBC's virtual education series bringing you the latest in vision health and research that's free to all participants. To receive updates on new webinars, share topics you would like to see in the future, and more e-mail [email protected].

Learn more about View Point here: https://bit.ly/3C6FfcJ

#fightingblindness #digitalevents #visionloss #blind #viewpoint #news #register

View Point is FBC's virtual education series bringing you the latest in vision health and research that's free to all participants. To receive updates on new webinars, share topics you would like to see in the future, and more e-mail [email protected].

Learn more about View Point here: https://bit.ly/3C6FfcJ

#fightingblindness #digitalevents #visionloss #blind #viewpoint #news #register

Did you know an estimated 8 million Canadians are living with an eye disease who are at risk of losing their sight? Join...
10/27/2021

Did you know an estimated 8 million Canadians are living with an eye disease who are at risk of losing their sight? Join us for our NEW awards competition Eye on the Cure on November 13th to help support advancements in treatments and cures for blinding eye diseases.

Learn more and get your ticket here: https://www.fightingblindness.ca/fbceyeonthecure/

Thank you to our partner FYidoctors for helping make this event possible.

#eyeonthecure #researchers #awards #competition #vote #visionloss #blind

Did you know an estimated 8 million Canadians are living with an eye disease who are at risk of losing their sight? Join us for our NEW awards competition Eye on the Cure on November 13th to help support advancements in treatments and cures for blinding eye diseases.

Learn more and get your ticket here: https://www.fightingblindness.ca/fbceyeonthecure/

Thank you to our partner FYidoctors for helping make this event possible.

#eyeonthecure #researchers #awards #competition #vote #visionloss #blind

Last week, community member & advocate Shari Shaw ran 10K with the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in support of ...
10/26/2021

Last week, community member & advocate Shari Shaw ran 10K with the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in support of Fighting Blindness Canada.

Thank you for your ongoing dedication to fighting blindness! We are thankful for your support. #fightblindness #visionloss #blind

Last week, community member & advocate Shari Shaw ran 10K with the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in support of Fighting Blindness Canada.

Thank you for your ongoing dedication to fighting blindness! We are thankful for your support. #fightblindness #visionloss #blind

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Does taking eye vitamins really help. I have a Drusen in one eye, I cant see where those would help. Any advice.
A few years back I had some vision blur while driving and eventually it progressed with floaters. I went to see 2 Ophthalmologists and optometrists and they all said that I had dry macular degeneration. I started taking two supplements: Lutein and Beta carotene; 2 years later I went to get new prescription glasses and went to see both the same doctor and another and the doctor was surprised that I no longer had any detectable degeneration and when i told the second doctor and his colleague that was a optometrist with state of the art equipment and informed them that I had been diagnosed with degeneration, they couldn't believe it. I'm glad I tried the supplements.
I signed"Fighting Blindness in Canada because , as I learned the Ontario Government will take Vision care out of the Health Care Portfolio. This is unacceptable for all of us.
HELP ME !!! The THREAT of Blindness Faces many like Me in Ontario as the Doug Ford hurt machine strikes gaain! Ontario Budget Fails to Save Eye Care for Patients! Cam someone tell me if the OPP can lay charges over this treat . NEWS PROVIDED BY Ontario Association of Optometrists Mar 30, 2021, 07:00 ET SHARE THIS ARTICLE Pushed to the brink, optometrists vote to withdraw OHIP services starting September 1st TORONTO, March 30, 2021 /CNW/ - After the Ontario Budget again ignored OHIP-insured eye care, an overwhelming 96% of Ontario optometrists have voted to withdraw OHIP services starting September 1, 2021 — unless the government agrees to legally-binding negotiations to fund these services at least to the cost of delivery. After more than 30 years of underfunding, the government now covers an average of 55 per cent of the cost of an OHIP-insured eye exam, leaving optometrists' clinics to absorb the other 45 percent. With more than four million services delivered annually under OHIP and clinics under severe financial strain, the system is no longer sustainable. "Government neglect has jeopardized access to eye care for those who need it most, undervaluing the eye health of Ontarians," said Dr. Sheldon Salaba, President of the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO). "Optometrists are being fair and reasonable: we ask only that government commit to cover at least the cost of service delivery, and we're giving them lots of notice to avoid any impact on patients." Unlike other health care providers under OHIP, optometrists have never been given a formal negotiation process with the government. Despite multiple direct requests to the Minister of Health to address this chronic underfunding, the budget again ignored the dire warnings from eye care stakeholders of the impending crisis. "Vision is our most important sense, and our political leaders must help us protect it," said Dr. Salaba. "After almost three years in office, it's time for action from Premier Ford and Minister Elliott. They must ensure Ontarians continue to receive the quality eye care they depend on and deserve." ABOUT THE ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF OPTOMETRISTS: The Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) is the leading professional organization, representing over 1,800 optometrists. We are dedicated to helping our members provide the highest standard of eye health and vision care for Ontarians while driving the profession of optometry forward. For further information: MEDIA CONTACT: Brittany Blow, Ontario Association of Optometrists, 905-826-3522 Ext. 246, [email protected]
We are launching a new study to learn about Global Geographic Atrophy or advanced dry AMD in Canada. The aim of the study is to better understand the experiences of patients suffering from AMD and their caregivers. This study does not involve treatments; we are only interested in opinions. The study would consist of a 20-minute pre-task and a 60-minute telephone interview. As a compensation for your time, you would receive $75 for the pre-task and $150 for the 60-minute interview. If you or someone you know is interested in participating please feel free to contact me or visit the following link:
I wonder if is possible laser treatment etc
Glad that I found this important group. I do workshops from public health for prevention of type 2 diabetes. Internation Women's Day will be on 8 March. #IchhoseToChallenge 'no inhumanity'
REPOST: Looking for something different this Valentine’s Day? Join us for Songs for Sight VIRTUAL REPLAY, February 14 @ 7 p.m. ET. to enjoy tunes from talented young musicians. A minimum donation of $20 is requested. Make your donation here: https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?registrationID=4840339&langPref=en-CA&Referrer=direct%2fnone #virtualconcert
REPOST: Looking for something different this Valentine’s Day? Join us for Songs for Sight VIRTUAL REPLAY, February 14 @ 7 p.m. ET. to enjoy tunes from talented young musicians. A minimum donation of $20 is requested. Make your donation here: https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?registrationID=4840339&langPref=en-CA&Referrer=direct%2fnone #virtualconcert
Is that why my vision is going for a p**p?
ATTENTION anyone needing information about eye disease , eg MACULAR DEGENERATION THIS IS the sight to read , up to date info on the leading cause of blindness
I am blind in one eye; due to an eye stroke. Two doctors said that my sight won't come back. Is there anything that you can do for me? Thanks.