Eyehope supports research and training that will lead to improvements in the safety and effectiveness of patient treatment.

We are committed to making the results of Eyehope-funded research widely available. Also, it’s important
that our national training courses are publicised extensively to all relevant medical teams across the UK.

Ultimately, we’d like to reach as many eye patients as possible through Eyehope-funded activities.

The number of people suffering from sight problems will increase dramatically over the next 25 years. This is due to the growing elderly population and the rise in obesity and diabetes, all of which contribute to eye disease.

Claire Warren

“I am a 33-year-old children’s nanny and I’ve had Type 1 Diabetes for 25 years. The years of excess sugar in my blood have caused the growth of rogue blood vessels in my eyes. The treatment I’m receiving has prevented a complete loss of sight so far, but I’m acutely aware that there are no guarantees. Without the help of my consultant and his team, I would be living in a very narrow world with a kindly labrador and a white stick for company. With their help, I stand a chance of a slightly happier outcome and of watching, rather than only hearing, my children grow up.”Claire Warren

Linda Batterham“Following a routine working day, I suffered a sudden, violent, ‘thunderclap’ headache. Initially, this was diagnosed as a virus. After 10 days the headache subsided but I was left with severe double vision. An MRI scan and an appointment with the Consultant Neurologist in the Medical Eye Unit at St Thomas’ Hospital convinced him that I had spontaneous intracranial hypotension. This was probably caused by loss of cerebrospinal fluid from prolapsed cervical vertebrae, leading to a VIth nerve palsy and double vision. I was reassured that I would see a gradual improvement in my symptoms. Six weeks later my double vision has nearly gone and I’m very relieved that I was able to see such an experienced and knowledgeable team.”

Linda Batterham