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Clinicians at University Hospital Southampton are commencing a trial using a new drug that can slow the progression of geographic atrophy, a currently untreatable form of blindness, known as 'Dry' age-related macular degeneration.

Clinicians working in University Hospital, Southampton are leading UK trials of a new drug that could slow the progression of a currently untreatable form of blindness. Patients who have suffered some visual loss as a result of geographic atrophy (GA) an advanced form of dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are receiving injections of lampalizumab. It is believed the treatment, now in its final clinical trial phase, could reduce the area of damage in most sufferers by around 20% - but by 44% in some with a particular genetic feature.

Despite accounting for 90% of all cases of AMD, the leading cause of blindness in the UK affecting around 500,000 people over the age of 50, there are currently no approved treatments for the early, intermediate or advanced forms of this disease.

Anyone with geographic atrophy who would like to be considered for the study should contact Marie Nelson on 023 8120 5266 or email Patients who have had previous treatment for wet AMD are unfortunately not suitable for the study.

If suitable to participate in the trial patients in Southampton will be assessed in a purpose-built research clinic which has been made possible by support from Gift of Sight.

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'Tea on the Test' 5 July 2015 2.00pm - 5.00pm - £10 for an afternoon in a beautiful garden with tea, cake, stalls, music and a static falconry display

To take place at 'The Island', Greatbridge, Romsey, SO51 0HP

Dame Mary Fagan, President of Gift of Sight , opened the afternoon officially at 2.30pm and Mr Jay Self gave a welcome talk.

A fabulous Day, the weather was perfect and all guests enjoyed tea and cakes specially baked by Jackie Davies and Jo Lines.

The garden was stunning and huge thanks to Sarah and Christopher Saunders-Davies for allowing us to hold our event. Music played by the string quartet 'The Watercress Quartet' gave a wonderful background sound and the stalls and falcons on display added interest to the afternoon.

Many thanks to all who helped and all who attended. £1600 was raised which is a tremendous sum.

Future dates:

24 September 2015 Ageas Bowl Southampton Sight Eye Contact 2015

Professor Andrew Lotery will be speaking. Enquiries relating to this event should be made to Open Sight on 02380 641244

11 December 2015 : 6.30 - 80-.00pm Gift of Sight Carol Concert in Romsey Abbey


Would you like to help us? Can I come and speak to your Group or Club?

If you would like to become involved or simply want to find out more please make contact or telephone Ailsa Walter on 02380 599073.