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As an optometrist, I am sometimes asked in the consulting room whether people’s eyes are ‘generally the same’. This got me thinking about the number of different lenses we use to examine people’s eyes and the possibility that each pair truly is unique.
Gift of Sight is the charity set up to raise funds for the pioneering eye research at Southampton Eye Unit lead by Professor Andrew Lotery. He specialises in macular degeneration and his team are at the forefront of new technologies to help develop new treatments in the future. Other areas of research are glaucoma, inherited retinal diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa and childhood conditions such as nystagmus.
During December Winchester holds a Christmas market and the town centre looks truly magical . A fundraising carol concert organised by Gift of Sight in Winchester College Chapel is dimly lit and we sponsor the purchase of pen torches with our logo on for everyone to use to read the hymn sheets. This gives an insight into how debilitating macular degeneration can be to those of us with full vision. This year’s concert on the 16th December is sold out already.